Exploring the Relationship between Facebook and Self-Esteem among Turkish University Students

Exploring the Relationship between Facebook and Self-Esteem among Turkish University Students

Sevinç Mersin (Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University, Bilecik, Turkey) and Ali Acılar (Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University, Bilecik, Turkey)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/IJCBPL.2015100105
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Abstract

The main purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between the use of Facebook and self-esteem among Turkish university students. Research data were obtained by surveying the undergraduate students in the Business Administration and Economics Departments of Bilecik Seyh Edebali University, in the academic year of 2013-2014. A questionnaire, including Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, was used to collect the data. According to the results of the study, self-esteem of Turkish university students does not have significant association with Facebook use. It was found that there was no statistically significant difference between self-esteem of those who use and those do not use Facebook. In addition, there was also no relationship found between characteristics of Facebook use and self-esteem among Facebook users either.
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Self-Esteem And Facebook

Our self-concept includes some elements that can be considered as the overall view of us such as our abilities, attitudes, temperament, appearance and beliefs (Plummer, 2005: 13). According to Rosenberg (1986), self-concept can be defined as the overall thoughts and feelings of a person addressing to oneself as an object (cited as, Mehdizadeh, 2010).

The difference between the ‘ideal’ self and perceived self (self-concept) is an important indication of self-esteem (Plummer, 2005: 14). Plummer (2005: 14) stated that if a person’s perspective of her/himself is similar to what he/she wants to be, and then he/she has a healthy self-esteem. In this regard, the term of “ideal” does not refer to “perfect” all the time; however, a person with low self-esteem can create some unrealistic concepts of him/herself as how he/she wants or thing to be (Plummer, 2005: 14).

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