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Anna DestinoFollow

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Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2019

Department

Psychology

Abstract

With the increasing use of social media in the daily lives of undergraduate college students, it is important to investigate the effects of social media on anxiety level and memory. The current research considered the effect of overstimulation of social media, specifically Instagram, on anxiety level, self-esteem, fear of missing out, and memory. Lillard and Peterson (2011) found that overstimulating children’s televisions shows, such as SpongeBob, negatively impacted children’s impulsive behaviors and attention. Participants were divided into the control (coloring on an Ipad) or experimental (Instagram stimulation) group and after a set of pre-test questions regarding self-esteem and anxiety, participant were exposed to stimulation for 10 minutes. Then participants completed a post-test questionnaire of self-esteem, anxiety, memory recall, and FoMo.Researchers hypothesized that the Instagram stimulation group will have lower levels of self-esteem, higher anxiety, higher levels of fear of missing out (FoMo), and lower memory recall than those in the coloring group. Overstimulation of Instagram has not been thoroughly researched in regards to overstimulation, therefore it is an important avenue to study as undergraduate students have an increasing habit of looking at their cell-phones between classes.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Alisha Marciano, Dr. Laura Kicklighter, & Dr. Virginia Cylke

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The Effects of Cognitive Stimulation of Instagram on Anxiety, Fear of Missing Out, Memory, and Self-Esteem

With the increasing use of social media in the daily lives of undergraduate college students, it is important to investigate the effects of social media on anxiety level and memory. The current research considered the effect of overstimulation of social media, specifically Instagram, on anxiety level, self-esteem, fear of missing out, and memory. Lillard and Peterson (2011) found that overstimulating children’s televisions shows, such as SpongeBob, negatively impacted children’s impulsive behaviors and attention. Participants were divided into the control (coloring on an Ipad) or experimental (Instagram stimulation) group and after a set of pre-test questions regarding self-esteem and anxiety, participant were exposed to stimulation for 10 minutes. Then participants completed a post-test questionnaire of self-esteem, anxiety, memory recall, and FoMo.Researchers hypothesized that the Instagram stimulation group will have lower levels of self-esteem, higher anxiety, higher levels of fear of missing out (FoMo), and lower memory recall than those in the coloring group. Overstimulation of Instagram has not been thoroughly researched in regards to overstimulation, therefore it is an important avenue to study as undergraduate students have an increasing habit of looking at their cell-phones between classes.