Yang and colleagues (2018) found that social media comparison was related to identity distress. The purpose of the current study was to expand on their design, by examining multiple comparison factors (i.e., Ability, Opinion, Popularity, Likeness, Physical Appearance, Academic Status/Achievements, Work Status/Achievements, Relationship Status, Family Status, and Socioeconomic Status) and multiple identity development factors (i.e., Ruminative Exploration, Exploration in Breadth, Exploration in Depth, Commitment Making, and Identification with Commitment) on their ability to predict Identity Distress. College students (N= 407) in psychology courses participated in an anonymous online survey for course credit. The results were consistent with the findings of Yang and colleagues (2018) but expands upon their model and thereby adds to the literature on the effects of social media on identity, which raises some important concerns regarding identity development among today’s youth.
Berman, Steven L.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
del Real, Lillie C., "Social Media Usage for Social Comparison and Its Relationship to Identity Development" (2022). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1284.