Social Media Exposure: Its Relationship to Contingencies of Self-Worth and Happiness of Generations X and Y Nurses
AbstractSocial media or social networking sites have been widely used to get connected with familyand friends and stay up-to date with the recent news, research, and many more. The effect,however, created an impact whether it brings positive or negative result to the end users. Thisstudy was conducted to determine the relationship of social media exposure to thecontingencies of self-worth and happiness of Generations X and Y nurses. Nurses, despite thework demands, have to carry on with the responsibility of identification, analysis,interpretation and dissemination of nursing knowledge within the health care system. Theresearchers used a descriptive correlational design. A modified version of Crocker’sContingencies of Self-worth Scale, Oxford Scale of Happiness and a self-constructed socialmedia exposure questionnaire were used to measure the variables being studied. Data from125 respondents comprising of both generation X and Y respondents were analyzed andinterpreted using mean, standard deviation, Kruskal Wallis test, and Pearson correlation.Results showed that Facebook was commonly used by the respondents followed byInstagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, respectively. Facebook was used for an average of at leastone to three hours. Contingencies of self-worth and happiness were both high. Furthermore,the results showed that there is no significant relationship between social media exposure ofGeneration X and Y nurses and contingencies of self-worth and happiness. Those belongingto the Generation X are happier than Generation Y regardless of their age and gender. Thosewith low income have been found out to have low levels of happiness. The researchersrecommend that one must be matured enough before they can be allowed to engage in socialmedia exposure so that negative influences will be avoided.
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