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Self-ie love: predictors of image editing intentions on Facebook


Lowe-Calverley, E and Grieve, R, Self-ie love: predictors of image editing intentions on Facebook, Telematics and Informatics, 35, (1) pp. 186-194. ISSN 0736-5853 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.tele.2017.10.011


Little research has examined image-editing behaviour on social media, yet with images being a key form of online social communication, the importance of such research is evident. The aim of the current study was to examine the factors that influence peoplesí intentions to post digitally altered self-images on the Facebook platform, using an extended Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) model. It was hypothesised that after controlling for age, prior editing application use, and integration of Facebook in a userís life, the TPB variables (attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived behavioural control [PBC]) would explain a significant proportion of intention to post digitally altered images on Facebook. Furthermore, that the addition of narcissism would explain further variation in intentions, beyond that explained by the control and TPB variables. Participants (N = 151; Mage = 25.6 years; 76% female) completed an online survey assessing each of the aforementioned variables. Hierarchical multiple regression revealed that each of the hypotheses were supported, with all variables significantly contributing to the prediction of intentions, except PBC and age. This study sheds light on the predictors of image-editing behaviour, and sets the stage for subsequent research examining editing behaviours on Facebook as well as other social media platforms (e.g. Instagram).

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Facebook, image editing, selfie, social media, Theory of Planned Behaviour, narcissism
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Social and personality psychology
Research Field:Personality and individual differences
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Lowe-Calverley, E (Dr Emily Lowe-Calverley)
UTAS Author:Grieve, R (Dr Rachel Grieve)
ID Code:123746
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2018-01-23
Last Modified:2019-04-15

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