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Investigating the Relationship Between Social Media and Photo-Editing on Anxiety, Depression and Self-Esteem

O’Neill, Denisha (2021) Investigating the Relationship Between Social Media and Photo-Editing on Anxiety, Depression and Self-Esteem. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The present study examined the relationship between social media engagement (SME) and photo-editing frequency and psychological involvement on anxiety, depression and self-esteem. Research has shown increased social media (SM) usage has a negative impact on individuals mental health. It has been suggested that appearance-related content and societal pressures typically seen on SM may play a role in the negative impacts it can cause. In recent years, photo-editing has become a popular behaviour for SM users to do before posting an image online. The potential effects photo-editing may cause to those using or viewing it are under-researched. A total of 325 participants aged 18-69 years old completed this study. The questionnaires measured their anxiety, depression and self-esteem levels, social media engagement, photo-editing frequency, and psychological involvement/attitudes. Findings from Spearman’s correlation analysis found small, positive effects between SME and photo�editing frequency and psychological involvement on depression and low self-esteem. A small, positive relationship was found with SME and higher levels of anxiety. A moderate, positive relationship was found with higher levels of psychological involvement with photo editing and higher anxiety levels. Follow up multiple regression analysis revealed that psychological involvement with photo-editing was significantly predictive of higher anxiety and depression levels and lower-self-esteem levels. The multiple regression analysis also revealed SME was significantly predictive of lower self-esteem levels. Implications and limitations of this study and recommendations of future research are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Emotions
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4150 Computer Network Resources > The Internet > World Wide Web > Websites > Online social networks
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering > Telecommunications > The Internet > World Wide Web > Websites > Online social networks
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2021 12:11
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 15:46
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4961

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