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Tayyaba Abrar Satti
Roomana Zeb
Saima Arzeen


Social media use, False self, Interpersonal relationship, Social comparison


The aim of the present study was to find the impact social media use exert on false self as well as interpersonal relationships. Along with it social comparison served as a moderator between the link of social media use and false self. A student sample (N=375) was gathered from University of Peshawar, comprising 18-35 years of age, with a mean of 23.6. The Social Networking Time Use Scale (SONTUS; Olufadi, 2015), Iowa-Netherlands Comparison Orientation Measure (Gibbons & Buunk, 1999), Authenticity Scale (Wood et al., 2008), and Interpersonal Relationship Questionnaire (Callaghan, 2006) were applied on the sample. Results revealed that frequency of time spent on social media increased scores on false self as well as deteriorated interpersonal relationships. Results also indicated that social comparison did not serve as a moderator between the use of social media and false self. To buffer the impact social media is exerting on false self and interpersonal relationships, curriculum should be designed in a manner to include topics related to digital well-being. Similarly, face-to-face communication skills should be the focus of mental health professionals to maintain a balance between online and offline relationships.

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