The Effects Of Sharing Personal Narratives Of Stress On Social Media For College Students

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Logan DiFranco (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Jiangxue (Ashley) Han

Abstract: Social networking sites (SNS) have become major platforms for expression and self-disclosure (Huang, 2016). In previous research scholars have studied how self-disclosure affects those who are participating in the disclosing. The purpose of this study is to understand how using SNS as a platform for college students to express feelings of stress affects their followers. An experiment was conducted and 124 responses were collected from students of a large public university. Participants were presented with one of two messages and were asked about their feelings toward the post, message evaluation of the post, identification with the post and online and offline behavioral intention after reading the post. The results were analyzed using SPSS where descriptives, frequencies, correlations and t-tests were conducted. Researchers found that each emotion had a different function when interacting with posts. When using messages in campaigns there should be multiple emotions expressed to help make them more believable. More importantly Instagram users are more likely to help themselves and recognize the issues they face when trying to help others.

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Honors Project
DiFranco, L. (2020). The Effects Of Sharing Personal Narratives Of Stress On Social Media For College Students. Unpublished Honors Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2020
Personal Narratives, Stress, Social Media

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