Detta är en Uppsats för yrkesexamina på avancerad nivå från Umeå universitet/Institutionen för psykologi; Umeå universitet/Institutionen för psykologi

Sammanfattning: The use of social media increases and is a natural part of many people's life. The impact of social media on our mental health is a current topic, but yet a relatively new research area. The aim of the study was to investigate whether there is any relationship between the use of Instagram and self-esteem. The study also aimed to investigate how personality affect usage and self-esteem. Data was derived from a web-based survey. The survey consisted of three forms; Instagram Intensity Scale (IIS), Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES) and Big Five Inventory-10 (BFI-10). A total of 163 participants were included in the study (women, N = 125, men, N = 38) aged 18 to 65 years (M = 26.6, SD = 4.3). The results showed no relationship between Instagram usage and self-esteem. However the results showed that personality impacted the usage and self-esteem. Both extraversion and agreeableness had a positive correlation with self-esteem, and neuroticism was a significant predictor for lower self-esteem. Also, extraversion had a positive correlation with Instagram usage. Further research is necessary to determine the relationship between Instagram, self-esteem and personality. Future research should investigate other aspects of usage and how it affects us.

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