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Poster ID #260

Abstract

It is already known that self-worth can be easily manipulated and diminished by disparagement. In response to this disparagement, one will then seek social gratification from their peers, which will work to bolster their damaged self-worth. One of the easiest ways for these disparaged people to seek social gratification is through Facebook use. However, it is not yet known if a decrease of self-worth leads to an increase in Facebook usage; if this relationship indeed exists, then we may be able to understand more about the link between self-worth and social networking. For example, it is possible that poor mental health causes people to more intensely use Facebook. Testing our theory adds to our understanding of how external validation of self-worth relates to Facebook usage. We have hypothesized that decreasing self-worth will cause intensity of Facebook usage to increase.

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The Annual Mary Lou Fulton Mentored Research Conference showcases some of the best student research from the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences. The mentored learning program encourages undergraduate students to participate in hands-on and practical research under the direction of a faculty member. Students create these posters as an aide in presenting the results of their research to the public, faculty, and their peers.

Publication Date

2010-04-01

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http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/2197

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Psychology

Facebook and Self-worth

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