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Title

Generation OnlyFans: The Internalization of Objectification in Young Adults

Presenter Information

Grace SinclairFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Psychology

Minor

Legal Studies

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Gage Jordan

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

The term raunch culture refers to recent changes in Western culture that promotes overtly sexual representations of women, wherein women are objectified, objectify one another, and are encouraged to objectify themselves. With the growth of the internet and social media, raunch culture has expanded rapidly. This hypersexualized culture provides people opportunities to engage in positive social comparison, but perhaps more insidiously, negative social comparison. Although some women perceive aspects of raunch culture as empowering, it is possible that this construct could relate to the phenomenology of depression in women. This study is examining the various relationships between raunch culture, depression, social comparison, screen time, and social media use in undergraduate students. It is expected that depression and raunch culture will be positively correlated, such that people with greater depression severity will be more accepting of raunch culture and that this relationship will be moderated by gender (i.e., women will be more likely to endorse a high preference for raunch culture and concurrent depressive symptoms). It is also expected that the relationship between social media and depression will be mediated by social comparison and endorsement of raunch culture, such that those who use social media more will engage in further social comparison, endorse raunch culture, and subsequently experience greater depression symptoms. These results may help us better understand the phenomenology of raunch culture and its possible negative effects on mood.

Location

Waterfield Gallery

Start Date

November 2021

End Date

November 2021

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Generation OnlyFans: The Internalization of Objectification in Young Adults

Waterfield Gallery

The term raunch culture refers to recent changes in Western culture that promotes overtly sexual representations of women, wherein women are objectified, objectify one another, and are encouraged to objectify themselves. With the growth of the internet and social media, raunch culture has expanded rapidly. This hypersexualized culture provides people opportunities to engage in positive social comparison, but perhaps more insidiously, negative social comparison. Although some women perceive aspects of raunch culture as empowering, it is possible that this construct could relate to the phenomenology of depression in women. This study is examining the various relationships between raunch culture, depression, social comparison, screen time, and social media use in undergraduate students. It is expected that depression and raunch culture will be positively correlated, such that people with greater depression severity will be more accepting of raunch culture and that this relationship will be moderated by gender (i.e., women will be more likely to endorse a high preference for raunch culture and concurrent depressive symptoms). It is also expected that the relationship between social media and depression will be mediated by social comparison and endorsement of raunch culture, such that those who use social media more will engage in further social comparison, endorse raunch culture, and subsequently experience greater depression symptoms. These results may help us better understand the phenomenology of raunch culture and its possible negative effects on mood.