Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Communication Studies

Language

English

Abstract

Through a survey of 296 female students in Singapore aged 12–18 years regarding their selfie-posting behaviors on Instagram, this study explored teenage girls’ perspectives on the importance of receiving peer feedback on selfies. The associations between peer feedback importance and self-esteem as well as depressed mood were also examined. Drawing on coping theory, this study further investigated how the importance of peer feedback and depressed mood influence girls’ coping responses to the stress from lacking feedback. The results of structural equation modeling demonstrate that self-esteem exerts a negative effect on the importance of peer feedback and depressed mood, but the importance of peer feedback is positively associated with depressed mood. In addition, both the importance of peer feedback and depressed mood positively impact problem-focused and emotion-focused coping strategies. The results suggest that peer feedback has become a “KPI” of selfie-posting behaviors for teenage girls, and these girls handle the involved stress by a concomitant adoption of both types of coping.

Keywords

Peer feedback, Coping, Depressed, mood, Self-esteem, Teenager, Social media

Publication Date

10-2018

Source Publication Title

Telematics and Informatics

Volume

35

Issue

7

Start Page

1994

End Page

2005

Publisher

Elsevier

DOI

10.1016/j.tele.2018.07.003

Link to Publisher's Edition

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tele.2018.07.003

ISSN (print)

07365853

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