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An Investigation on the relationship between social media, social anxiety, self-esteem

Blay, Cian (2023) An Investigation on the relationship between social media, social anxiety, self-esteem. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Aims: This project sought to achieve greater knowledge of the relationship between self-esteem, social anxiety, and social media use. How an individual’s social anxiety, social media use, and self-esteem could relate with one another were also examined. The study also examined how age and hours spent using social media each day could predict social media importance in an persons’ life. Method: 68 participants completed questionnaires measuring social media use and importance, social anxiety, and self-esteem using the Liebowitz social anxiety scale (LSAS), the Rosenberg self-esteem scale, and the social media use integration scale (SMUIS). Results: Results from the tests determined that neither social anxiety nor self-esteem correlate with social media activity. High self-esteem did not relate with high social anxiety. Lower age correlated with greater activity on social media, and daily activity on social media was associated with use of social media. Time spent daily on social media predicted social media use to a level deemed statistically significant. Conclusion: Reults support the theory that lower self-esteem relates with high social anxiety. Interestingly, findings challenge the theory that excessive social media use increases social anxiety and lowers self-esteem. Findings have important implications regarding excessive social media use, and of how social media could become a necessity in a person’s life.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Kelly, Michelle
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
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: Tamara Malone
Date Deposited: 31 May 2023 15:05
Last Modified: 31 May 2023 15:05

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