Befriending one's parents online and the influence of popularity and self-esteem on Facebook behaviour

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McGreal, Judith
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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This study investigated the self-esteem on time spent on Facebook and activity on others pages. Popularity and activity on other people’s pages was also investigated. Communication with parents was investigated between future and past decisions to accept parent/friend requests. Eighty-five undergraduates from an Irish university with a mean age of 24 were employed. Questionnaires were utilised. Self esteem was found to be significant in relation to time spent on Facebook but not for activity on other users’ pages. Popularity was significantly correlated to activity on others pages. Self esteem had no effect on this Facebook activity while popularity has. Parent-son/daughter communication had no bearing on parent request decisions. Extroversion, rather than self esteem, should be examined as predictor of activity.