Social media is often implicated in a rise in mood disorders and social withdrawal. From evolutionary theory, we predict that this is at least partly due to distortions in users’ view of their own status. This study will consider the effect of short bursts of intense social media activity or withdrawal on users’ self-perceptions of status as well as their effect/mood. Much of the work involved recruiting participants, so this will suit somebody who is happy to manage large numbers of people with conflicting time schedules.
Supervisor: Professor Robert Brooks