Getting less likes on social media: Mindfulness ameliorates the detrimental effects of feeling left out online
Poon, K. T., & Jiang, Y. (2020). Getting less likes on social media: Mindfulness ameliorates the detrimental effects of feeling left out online. Mindfulness, 11, 1038-1048. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-020-01313-w
2020 Impact Factor 4.684 | 5-year Impact Factor 5.899
2020 JCR Rank 22/130, Q1 in Psychology, Clinical | 2020 SJR Rank 32/308, Q1 in Psychology - Social Science
Many people spend a lot of time on social media every day, but they may sometimes feel left out on these platforms (e.g., getting few likes or comments on their status updates). Researchers have shown that such experience often leads to psychological and behavioral maladjustment. However, relatively little is known about whether individual characteristics such as trait mindfulness may buffer these negative effects. In the current study, we tested the hypothesis that trait mindfulness weakens the effects of feeling left out on social media on different maladjustment outcomes.
In this study, participants first completed a well-validated measure to assess their trait mindfulness. By random assignment, participants were then exposed to an experimental manipulation of a social media experience, during which they received either one or five likes from 11 online interaction partners. Finally, their states of psychological distress, negative emotion, hostility, and antisocial tendency were assessed.
The results showed that trait mindfulness significantly moderated the effects of feeling left out on social media on these maladjustment outcomes. Compared with participants with low trait mindfulness, those with high mindfulness reported lower levels of psychological distress, negative emotion, hostility, and antisocial tendency after they had received little attention on social media.
These findings highlight the important role of mindfulness in ameliorating the negative outcomes associated with feeling left out on social media.