The effect of social media on self-esteem

Rahma K. Al-Ghafri, Ali H. Al-Badi

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Abstract

Social media has been used to communicate with people worldwide, but recently, with the advancement in technology, it has become a way of reflecting personal life online. It provides incredible tools to create personal accounts that can be easily viewed by others. This may expose people to inappropriate interference and judgment from others and, indeed, have a profound impact on their feelings and on how they evaluate themselves, but this is not the only perspective with which things can be viewed. Social media is a source of inspiration. People are gathering to share their thoughts, interests and achievements. Indeed, the manner in which social media is used differs from person to person, and can range from active to passive use, the effects of its use on individuals being positive or negative. The objective of this research is two-fold: 1) to investigate the different categories of social media user, and 2) to explore how social media affects their self-esteem. To achieve the research objectives a multi-methods approach was employed: 1) an intensive systematic literature review was carried out, and 2) a questionnaire was distributed amongst different social media users to elicit their opinions on how the use of social media has impacted their self-esteem. The results reveal that there are seven categories of social media users, which are: creators, conversationalists, critics, collectors, joiners, spectators and inactive users. The self-esteem of all categories of social media user was high. For this reason it can be said that the use of social media has a positive effect on self-esteem.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th International Business Information Management Association Conference - Innovation Management and Education Excellence Vision 2020
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Regional Development Sustainability to Global Economic Growth, IBIMA 2016
PublisherInternational Business Information Management Association, IBIMA
Pages3228-3237
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780986041969
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event27th International Business Information Management Association Conference - Innovation Management and Education Excellence Vision 2020: From Regional Development Sustainability to Global Economic Growth, IBIMA 2016 - Milan, Italy
Duration: May 4 2016May 5 2016

Other

Other27th International Business Information Management Association Conference - Innovation Management and Education Excellence Vision 2020: From Regional Development Sustainability to Global Economic Growth, IBIMA 2016
CountryItaly
CityMilan
Period5/4/165/5/16

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Keywords

  • Self-esteem
  • Social media
  • Social technographical ladder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management
  • Business and International Management
  • Management Information Systems

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Al-Ghafri, R. K., & Al-Badi, A. H. (2016). The effect of social media on self-esteem. In Proceedings of the 27th International Business Information Management Association Conference - Innovation Management and Education Excellence Vision 2020: From Regional Development Sustainability to Global Economic Growth, IBIMA 2016 (pp. 3228-3237). International Business Information Management Association, IBIMA.