Date of Award

8-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

Abstract

The present study seeks to examine the influence of viewing pages that are categorized as positive, negative, or neutral on the social network (SN) Facebook in relation to college students’ levels of happiness and self-esteem. Viewers were predicted to spend more time viewing the Facebook pages that have been coded as negative compared to positive or neutral pages because of cognitive saliency, and they were predicted to show lower levels of self-esteem and happiness. In addition, participants who view the positive pages were predicted show higher levels of selfesteem and happiness. The results suggested no significant difference in emotion on self-esteem and happiness. However, on exploratory analysis those with positive emotion profiles were rated higher in likability in comparison to negative and neutral, and spent more time viewing the Facebook page with negative content only in comparison to the neutral page.

Granting Institution

University of Texas Brownsville

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