Digital Footprints and Mental Resilience: A Study of Social Media's Influence on Student Athletes
Keywords:Digital Footprints, Mental Resilience, Social Media, Student Athletes
Scholars are increasingly exploring the psychological and emotional effects of social media on mental well-being, making it a growing research area. Limited empirical studies exist that specifically examine how athletes balance academic demands and engage with social media platforms in their pursuits. This study intends to determine the social media platforms favored by student-athletes and the amount of time they dedicate to them. Additionally, this study seeks to uncover the attitudes of student-athletes while participating in social media and explore the connection between social media use and self-esteem in this group. A purposive sampling approach was used to target individuals with prior involvement in the student sports carnival or "Karnival Sukan Mahasiswa." The survey was administered via an online platform utilizing Google Forms. In this study, the Social Media Use Integration Scale (SMUIS) by Jenkins-Guarnieri et al. (2013) and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES) were utilized to assess the self-esteem of student-athletes. The findings indicated that TikTok (60%) was the most frequently used daily social networking site among student-athletes, followed by YouTube (53%) and Instagram (43.5%). Moreover, the findings highlighted that while social media platforms offer chances for networking, self-expression, and advocacy can also contribute to stress and mental pressure. In conclusion, social media's influence on student-athletes has dual facets where it enables networking and self-expression, yet also potentially causing stress. Further exploration is needed to comprehend its complexities, emphasizing lasting psychological effects and improved strategies.
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