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Motivations for social media use: Associations with social media engagement and body satisfaction and well-being among adolescents

Jarman, Hannah K.; Marques, Mathew D.; McLean, Siân A.; Slater, Amy; Paxton, Susan J.

Authors

Hannah K. Jarman

Mathew D. Marques

Siân A. McLean

Amy Slater Amy.Slater@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Centre for Appearance Research

Susan J. Paxton



Abstract

Adolescents are spending considerable time on social media, yet it is unclear whether motivations for social media use drive different forms of social media engagement, and their relationships with body satisfaction and well-being. This study tested a proposed model of the relationships between motivations for social media use, types of social media engagement and body satisfaction and well-being. Responses to an online survey from 1432 Australian adolescents (M = 13.45 years, SD = 1.14, range 11–17; 55.4% boys) were collected. Structural equational modelling indicates excellent model fit. Specifically, motivations for social media use (information sharing, passing time, escapism, social interaction, social capital and appearance feedback) were associated with engagement (intensity, photo-based use, active use, passive use and liking use) and revealed mixed associations with body satisfaction and well-being. The findings support the importance of considering motivations for social media use in future research. age

Citation

Jarman, H. K., Marques, M. D., McLean, S. A., Slater, A., & Paxton, S. J. (in press). Motivations for social media use: Associations with social media engagement and body satisfaction and well-being among adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-020-01390-z

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 23, 2020
Online Publication Date Jan 21, 2021
Deposit Date Jan 4, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jan 22, 2022
Journal Journal of Youth and Adolescence
Print ISSN 0047-2891
Electronic ISSN 1573-6601
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-020-01390-z
Keywords Adolescent, Body satisfaction, Motivations, Social media, Well-being
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/6969392