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    Hiding Instagram Likes: Effects on negative affect and loneliness

    Wallace, Elaine and Buil, Isabel (2021) Hiding Instagram Likes: Effects on negative affect and loneliness. Personality and Individual Differences, 170 (110509). pp. 1-5. ISSN 0191-8869

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    Instagram, the social networking site (SNS), recently tested the initiative of hiding the number of Likes a post receives from other users. Instagram’s rationale for hiding Likes was to support wellbeing through reduced competition for Likes. In an experiment with 280 Instagram users in the United States, we investigated the effect of hiding Likes on negative affect and loneliness. Scenarios were created to simulate receipt of higher or lower Likes than desired, and the visibility of those Likes to others. Findings indicate that receiving greater Likes than desired reduces loneliness but increases negative affect, and this result is exacerbated by the visibility of Likes. However, when Likes are low, it does not make a difference to negative affect whether those Likes are visible or not. Vulnerable narcissism was associated with loneliness. Findings provide support for Instagram’s initiative, and reveal new insights about the interrelationship between loneliness and negative affect in Instagram use.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Instagram; Social comparison; Negative affect; Loneliness; Vulnerable narcissism;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 17405
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    Depositing User: Elaine Wallace
    Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2023 15:41
    Journal or Publication Title: Personality and Individual Differences
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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