Impacts Resources

Rose, Jessica et. Al. 2012. Face it: The Impact of Gender on Social Media Images. Communication Quarterly 60(5):588-607.

This article looks into gender and how it is linked to social media websites that allow its users to post self-created digital images. Traits more prominent with males include active, dominant, and independent. Traits more prominent with females include attractive and dependent. 

Serafinelli, Elisa. 2017. “Analysis of Photo Sharing and Visual Social Relationships: Instagram as a Case Study.” Photographies 10(1):91–111.

This source analyzes how visuality, specifically through the social media platform of Instagram, alters individuals’ mediated lives and how Instagram changes individuals’ viewpoints of their interpersonal relationships. The photo sharing behavior of 44 participants was critically examined following their interviews. This article discusses that with increased use of social media reveals how sociality is impacted and facilitated by technology. 

Silva, Clarissa. 2017. “Social Media’s Impact On Self-Esteem.” The Huffington Post.

This article questions what causes social media to be linked to higher levels of loneliness, envy, anxiety, depression, narcissism and decreased social skills. The article discuses the paradox effect that is being created by social media. Additionally, it discusses self-esteem and “vanity validation”. 

Lindgren, Simon. 2017. Digital Media and Society. Los Angeles: SAGE. 

The overall concentration of this book is that “social actions and phenomena” that is insignificant, random, or unintentional may have the potential to revolutionize society. 

Berryman, Chloe, Christopher J. Ferguson and Charles Negy. 2018. “Social Media use and Mental Health among Young Adults.” Psychiatric Quarterly 89(2):307-314

Mental Health and Social Media have been two components that many sociologists and psychologists’ study in order to comprehend the behavior between social media and mental health amongst young adults, whether or not social media plays a key role in the behaviors of young adults. It centers on the fact that there may be links between social media and mental health problems such as suicidality, depression and loneliness. 

Adams, Jane. 2018. “More College Students Seem to Be Majoring in Perfectionism.” The New York Times.

Millennials feel pressure to perfect themselves partly out of social media use that leads them to comparing themselves to others. The fabricated life on social media is difficult to mimic in real life, so many young adults including college students tend to compare themselves to their peers.