Perceptions of the Self, Social Media, and Celebrities

Sophia Morgan Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Kenneth Colburn Butler University
Modern times bring about advantages and disadvantages, as does any period in history. Today we have the advantage of multiple entertainment outlets such as the internet, celebrities, social media pages, and so on. This is accompanied by the disadvantage of multiple sources of influence, persuading our choices. From what brand to buy at the store, to determining what characterizes an individual as famous or even popular, influence is all around us. Previous research has commonly shown a relationship between social media use and poor self-esteem (Tiggerman & Slater 2017), increased celebrity emulation (MacIsaac, Kelly, & Gray 2018), poor body image (Charoensukmongkol 2017; Cohen, Newton-John, & Slater, 2017), as well as depressive and anxious symptoms (Tiggermann & Slater 2017). Due to a collective infatuation with media and celebrities, it is important to determine whether these sources of influence are damaging, either to individuals or to the overall morals and values of society. Additionally, the powerful influence social media assisted by celebrity culture, warrants an assessment of perceptions of the media and celebrities. I will be collecting questionnaire responses from Butler University students regarding their perceptions of and relationships with social media and celebrities, as well as measures of self-esteem. By doing so, I will help further the process of identifying the implications of celebrities’ influence over society via social media and what this means for our society as a whole.
Sociology
Oral Presentation

When & Where

09:30 AM
Jordan Hall 203