Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Does My LinkedIn Photo Make Me Look Fat? Effects of Social Media on Weight Discrimination
by Lewis, Samantha R., M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2020, 70; 27956999
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine whether getting personal information from a social media page, specifically LinkedIn, affects selection decisions. This study aimed to examine the effect personal information, specifically weight and gender, has on ratings of hireability and salary offers for job candidates. This current study used the data from 120 Mechanical Turk participants who completed a survey for a monetary incentive. It was hypothesized that after hiring managers view an applicant’s photo on SNS, overweight individuals will be rated less qualified compared to “average weight” applicants. Second, it was hypothesized that after hiring managers view an applicant photo on a SNS, overweight men will be rated more qualified than overweight women. Third, it was hypothesized that after hiring managers view an applicant photo on a SNS, overweight men will be rated more qualified than overweight women. Lastly, it was hypothesized that after hiring managers view a SNS, overweight male candidates will receive higher salary offers compared to equally qualified overweight women. None of the hypotheses were supported. Additional findings and implications are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bartels, Lynn
Commitee: Nadler, Joel, Voyles, Elora
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 81/12(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Occupational psychology, Gender studies
Keywords: Gender discrimination, Selection, Social media, Weight discrimination
Publication Number: 27956999
ISBN: 9798645481636
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