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Personality Traits as Predictors for the Negative Psychological Effects of Instagram

Fisher, Séaghan (2022) Personality Traits as Predictors for the Negative Psychological Effects of Instagram. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The present study sought to investigate the impact of personality traits on the negative psychological effects of Instagram and whether gender moderated this impact. Participants (n = 158) were recruited using convenience sampling via social media platforms. Using a cross-section study design, participants were asked to complete four questionnaires which assessed demographic and social media use, Big Five personality traits, self-esteem, and depression. Hierarchal multiple regressions and moderator analyses were conducted to address the aims of the study. The results did not indicate that the Big Five personality traits predicted negative psychological effects of Instagram. However, it was found that following beauty and/or fitness pages was a predictor for depression, but only for females. This finding leads to practical implications regarding the education of safe social media use and the importance of highlighting the potential psychological effects of following these beauty and fitness pages on Instagram. Future research should implement an alternative experimental study design to assess causation.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Emotions
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: 11 Jul 2022 12:05
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2022 12:05
URI: https://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/5639

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