The relationship between Facebook use and body-esteem

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Authors
McNamee, John
Issue Date
2013
Degree
Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology
Publisher
Dublin Business School
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Abstract
This research aims to explore the relationship between Facebook use and body-esteem, self-esteem, and frequency of body comparison. The study is a quantitative cross-sectional correlational design study, which is descriptive in nature. Students were invited to fill out self-admiistered questionnaires in a classroom setting, during a break from their class activity, including the Facebook Intensity Scale, the Body-Esteem Scale, Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale and the Body Comparison Scale. This study found a significant weak positive corellation between intensity of Facebook use and frequency of body comparison. A weak significant negative relationship was found between body-esteem and frequency of body comparison, as well as between body-esteem and frequency of weight comparison specifically. In conclusion, Facebook use was found to be associated with body comparison, while frequency of body comparison was found to be negatively related to body esteem.
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