To seek inspiration or self-worth? : the impact of social media bridging ties on young females’ well-being

dc.contributor.advisorCunningham, Isabella C. M.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberEastin, Matthew
dc.contributor.committeeMemberColeman , Renita
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBrown-Devlin, Natalie
dc.creatorLozano, Cinthia Melissa
dc.creator.orcid0000-0001-8889-3728
dc.date.accessioned2022-09-27T00:49:54Z
dc.date.available2022-09-27T00:49:54Z
dc.date.created2022-08
dc.date.issued2022-09-22
dc.date.submittedAugust 2022
dc.date.updated2022-09-27T00:49:56Z
dc.description.abstractThe present dissertation investigates the effect of social media bridging ties on young females’ well-being including psychological well-being, self-esteem, and self-image. Particularly, study 1 tested the moderating effect of social comparison motives (self-improvement vs. self-evaluation) in the direct and indirect (through self-efficacy) relationship between bridging ties and the different measures of well-being. Study 2 tested the direct and moderating role of thin-ideals in predicting the different measures of well-being. An experiment with n= 474 participants in study 1 and a survey with n=296 participants were conducted to test the proposed hypotheses. Data analysis of study 1 indicates that bridging ties have no effect on well-being. The moderating effect of social comparison was not supported in the prediction of self-efficacy nor well-being. However, self-improvement had a positive effect on self-efficacy, self-esteem, and self-image. In contrast, self-evaluation was found to have a negative effect on self-efficacy, psychological well-being, self-esteem, and self-image. Study 2 showed that interaction with bridging ties in social media can be beneficial for young females, as it has a positive effect on psychological well-being and self-esteem. Thin ideals, on the contrary was found to negatively impact self-image.
dc.description.departmentAdvertising
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/115943
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/42840
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectSocial media
dc.subjectBridging ties
dc.subjectSocial capital
dc.subjectSocial comparison
dc.subjectFitspiration
dc.subjectWell-being
dc.titleTo seek inspiration or self-worth? : the impact of social media bridging ties on young females’ well-being
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentAdvertising
thesis.degree.disciplineAdvertising
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy

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