Social media use, body image, and psychological well-being: A cross-cultural comparison of korea and the united states

Hye Ryeon Lee, Hye Eun Lee, Jounghwa Choi, Jang Hyun Kim, Hae Lin Han

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Abstract

This study examined the relationships among social media use for information, self-status seeking and socializing, body image, self-esteem, and psychological well-being, and some cultural effects moderating these relationships. Americans (n = 502) and Koreans (n = 518) completed an online survey. The main findings showed that (a) social media use for information about body image is negatively related to body satisfaction in the United States and Korea, while social media use for self-status seeking regarding body image is positively related to body satisfaction only in Korea; and (b) body satisfaction has direct and indirect positive effects on psychological well-being manifested in similar ways in the United States and Korea. Implications and future research directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1343-1358
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Health Communication
Volume19
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Dec 2014

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