What’s Sparking the Madness? Exploration of Social Media Possibly Influencing Aggression Amongst Online Users
School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
Joseph A. Torres
social media, users, aggression, and problematic internet use
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Porterfield, Tia, "What’s Sparking the Madness? Exploration of Social Media Possibly Influencing Aggression Amongst Online Users" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4070.
The purpose of this dissertation is to address the research gap regarding social media platforms having a possible influence when provoking experiences of internal (i.e., emotions/feelings and cognitions) and/or external (i.e., behaviors) forms of aggression and problematic internet use in their online community members. A brief examination of the aggression-frustration hypothesis will construct a foundational theoretical framework of the emotional and behavioral processes that may occur in users while utilizing their preferred social media platform. Recent peer- reviewed literature will be examined to highlight the existing research gap. The present study will attempt to explore possible explanations behind users’ motives for engaging in aggression and aggressive characteristic traits that are most commonly displayed in users. An exploration of social media usage and aggression identification will be surveyed. Survey tools that will be utilized is the Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire (BPAQ), Problematic Internet Use Questionnaire (PIUQ), and the Social Media Disorder Scale (SMDS). Implications to support needs for further research will be provided.