“Likes” as KPI: An examination of teenage girls’ perspective on peer feedback on Instagram and its influence on coping response

Pengxiang Li*, Leanne CHANG, Trudy Hui Hui Chua, Renae Sze Ming Loh

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1994-2005
Number of pages12
JournalTelematics and Informatics
Volume35
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

User-Defined Keywords

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

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