Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This study investigated younger, middle-aged, and older participants’ self-esteem, self-expression, and comfort and regrets with self-expression on social media. It was hypothesized that older adult social media users would show different patterns and relationships in their use and self-expression. Participants included 214 younger- (52%), 135 middle-aged adults (33%), and 61 older-adults (15%). Self-esteem and regrets on social media were both related to comfort with self-expression on social media among older adults. In contrast, self-expression and comfort with self-expression on social media were related for younger- and middle-aged adults, but not older participants. Findings suggest that social media plays a unique role in older adults’ lives. Researchers should be aware of and further explore age differences in reactions to social media.
Wiesbrock, Sabrina N.
"Age Differences with Presentation on Social Media,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 26:
2, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol26/iss2/4