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Social Media and Self-Presentation: Trait Self-Control Predicts Image-Enhancement and Attention-Seeking on Facebook

Title: Social Media and Self-Presentation: Trait Self-Control Predicts Image-Enhancement and Attention-Seeking on Facebook.
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Name(s): Gobes, Carina, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: text
bachelor thesis
Date Issued: 2017-08-03
Physical Form: computer
Physical Form: online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Abstract Social media has revolutionized the way people communicate with one another, allowing individuals to communicate with anyone in the world at any time. These additional social opportunities increase the frequency with which people can seek attention and enhance their image. Related maladaptive social behaviors have been tied to undermined psychological wellbeing. Because deficits in self-control have been linked to false presentations and dishonesty in “real life,” we investigated whether self-control may predict such behaviors on social media, specifically Facebook. Study 1 furnished evidence for the reliability and validity of our attention-seeking and image-enhancement scales, and demonstrated that trait self-control is negatively related to attention-seeking and image-enhancement. Study 2 replicated these findings while also employing an experimental design to test the causal link between trait and state self-control (i.e., ego depletion) and actual behavior online. However, depleted participants were not more likely than nondepleted participants to make an attention-seeking or image-enhancing post on Facebook. Implications suggest that self-control may be a good target for interventions that protect against social media’s negative effects on wellbeing.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1501806436_61652c10 (IID)
Keywords: Self-control, Ego Depletion, Social Media, Facebook, False Presentations, Dishonesty
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1501806436_61652c10
Owner Institution: FSU