The Relationship between Social Media, Self-Objectification and Self-Esteem in Young Adult Women

Adrian Tworecke Oxman, Pace University

Abstract

The relationship that a young woman has with her body can have immeasurable effects throughout her life. How a woman views and feels about her body is often affected by self-objectification and body image evaluation, which, the media promotes by way of social comparison. The current research sought to determine if social media has a similar effect on self-objectification and state self-esteem as has been seen in proven with traditional media. Results from the current study indicate that exposure to an objectified and culturally deemed idealized woman via social media did not elicit a statistically significant difference in reported levels of self-objectification and state self-esteem as exposure to the same woman placed in a traditional media condition. However, the results did support other research findings showing that reported level of depression is significantly related to feelings of self-esteem and objectified body consciousness. These findings will be discussed in the context of the relationship between social media technologies and female body image during the critical age of young adulthood. ^ Keywords: Body image, social media, self-objectification, and self-esteem. ^

Subject Area

Social psychology|Women's studies

Recommended Citation

Oxman, Adrian Tworecke, "The Relationship between Social Media, Self-Objectification and Self-Esteem in Young Adult Women" (2017). ETD Collection for Pace University. AAI10669690.
http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/dissertations/AAI10669690

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