Instagram: Friend or foe? The application’s association with psychological well-being

  title={Instagram: Friend or foe? The application’s association with psychological well-being},
  author={Samantha B. Mackson and Paula M. Brochu and Barry A. Schneider},
  journal={New Media \& Society},
  pages={2160 - 2182}
The current study examined the association between the social media application Instagram and its users’ psychological well-being. Participants, both Instagram users and non-users, were surveyed online on measures of depression, anxiety, loneliness, self-esteem, body image, and social comparison. Participants who reported having an Instagram account were also asked about their time spent on Instagram and Instagram anxiety. To understand the association between Instagram and psychological well… 

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