Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

#NoFilter: Adolescent Social Media Use and Subjective Well-Being
by Sommer, Samantha K., Ed.Sp., California State University, Long Beach, 2020, 73; 27744649
Abstract (Summary)

While social media has become such a significant part of adolescents’ lives, the underlying mechanisms of the relationship between social media use and adolescent well-being is still unclear. This thesis will describe findings from an empirical study on the relationship between passive versus active social media use and adolescent subjective well-being. The focus will be on the most relevant forms of social media for today’s adolescents. Survey data was collected from high school students in the Los Angeles area (N = 75) and then analyzed based on the research questions.

Results showed that the type of Instagram use (active vs. passive) is predictive of subjective well-being in adolescents; specifically active Instagram use is related to an increase in subjective well-being. Additionally, an increase in specific behaviors such as chatting through direct message and browsing actively (browsing newsfeed while liking/commenting/etc.) is related to an increase in subjective well-being. At the same time, an increase in looking at strangers’ profiles is related to a decrease in subjective well-being. Further, the study found a significant difference in how adolescent boys and girls use social media. The implications will be discussed in regards to developing interventions for students to consciously use social media in a way that would support their well-being.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Powers, Kristin
Commitee: Olson, Avery, Kato, Erika
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/2(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational psychology, Psychology, Web Studies
Keywords: Active use, Adolescents, Instagram, Passive use, Social media, Subjective well-being
Publication Number: 27744649
ISBN: 9798662586505
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