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.
Powers, Lauren; Baker, Elizabeth; and Fayard, Jennifer, "Effects of Facebook on Mood and Self-Esteem" (2015). Scholars Day. 5.