11. Post...or it Didn't Happen: Attitudes and Behaviors in Relation to the Use of Social Media

Megan Thompson Ball State University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Thomas Holtgraves Ball State University
Individuals today have the ability to be connected nearly whenever and wherever they want. The social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat have become an integral part of people’s daily lives. While the outside effects of allowing one to keep in touch with friends and family are positive, the psychological effects these social media platforms have on individuals is less known. The present study explores the impact Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat have on one’s self-esteem, loneliness, and feelings of fear of missing out (FoMO). Respondents will complete an 87-item online questionnaire comprised of demographics, the UCLA Loneliness Scale (Russell et al. 1980), Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (Rosenberg, 1965), The Social Media Use Integration Scale (Jenkins-Guarnieri, Wright, & Johnson, 2013), and Fear of Missing Out Scale: FoMOS (Przybylski, Murayama, DeHann, & Gladwell, 2013). I predict that individuals who use primarily Twitter and Facebook will report greaters loneliness than those who use primarily Snapchat and Instagram, that those who use Instagram the most will have the lowest self-esteem, and feelings of FoMO will be experienced strongest by those who use Snapchat most, followed by Facebook, Instagram, and lastly Twitter.
Psychology
Poster Presentation

When & Where

Irwin Library Lower Level