Adolescent Self Esteem and Instagram: An Examination of Posting Behavior

By:  Anna Hill and Lamaja Denman

Concordia University- St. Paul

Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Kim Flottemesch

Social media is a way that people can communicate and share parts of their lives
through the internet (“Social Media”, n.d.). Being that the media tends to have an
influence on the general public, it has an influence on adolescents as well. Sometimes,
this influence can be quite negative (Sanders, 2015). Because of this, exploring their
connection would be insightful. This study explores how a specific social media site
(Instagram) may affect adolescent girls and their self-esteem. The researchers issued a
self-esteem questionnaire to a group of girls on their self-esteem and compared it to their
Instagram profiles. In this study, the researchers found that the participant with average
self-esteem posted the most provocative photos on Instagram, while the participants with
high self-esteem along with borderline-low self-esteem posted more goofy and filtered

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