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Poster

Publication Date

2015

Abstract

Humans are alike in that all compare themselves to others in social settings. The use of social media is widespread in society, so it often has effects on self- esteem. There are increasing amounts of narcissistic behaviors exhibited on social media (MacDonald, 2010). Social comparisons made when viewing social media can have significant effects on self-esteem, through making upward and downward social comparisons (Vogel, et al., 2014). There is a positive correlation between social comparison on Facebook and having negative feelings from that comparison (Lee, 2014). How will thinking about one’s self while observing a Facebook post affect one’s self-esteem and mood? We predicted that when primed with their ideal self (who they aren’t but wish they were) and viewed narcissistic Facebook posts, participants would have low self- esteem and negative mood.

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