All my online-friends are better than me – three studies about ability-based comparative social media use, self-esteem, and depressive tendencies

  title={All my online-friends are better than me – three studies about ability-based comparative social media use, self-esteem, and depressive tendencies},
  author={Phillip Ozimek and Hans W. Bierhoff},
  journal={Behaviour \& Information Technology},
  pages={1110 - 1123}
ABSTRACT We conducted three studies to assess short-term and long-term effects of social comparative SNS use on self-esteem and depressive tendencies. In Study 1 (N = 75) we found in an exposure experiment including two experimental groups and one control group that social comparative internet use decreased participants’ performance-oriented state self-esteem as a short-term effect. In Study 2 and 3 (Ns = 809, 145) results of the serial multiple mediator model indicated that passive Facebook… 

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