Romantic motivations for social media use, social comparison, and online aggression among adolescents
Young, R., Len-Ríos, M. E., & Young, H. N. (2017, May). Romantic motivations for social media use, social comparison, and online aggression among adolescents. Paper to be presented at the Children, Adolescents and Media, International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.
Abstract: This study examines whether adolescent motivations for social media use, social comparison tendencies and gender are related to online aggression victimization and/or perpetration. Results of a hierarchical multiple regression conducted on data from a national cross-sectional survey of middle adolescents (N = 340) reveals that social media use, romantic motivations, social belongingness motivations and greater social comparison tendencies predicted online aggression victimization (R2 = .38). Information motivations and entertainment motivations negatively predict online aggression perpetration, but romantic motivations, social comparison, and social media use were positive predictors (R2 = .34). Further examination of interactions and indirect effects reveal that romantic motivations for social media use are an important predictor of involvement in online aggression among adolescents.
Navigating Political Scandal and Reputation Crisis in Social Media
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