Influence of Social Media Use on Maternal Educational Anxiety

Conference: The European Conference on Education (ECE2022)
Title: Influence of Social Media Use on Maternal Educational Anxiety
Stream: Mind, Brain & Psychology: Human Emotional & Cognitive Development & Outcomes within Educational Contexts
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Wei Zheng, University College London, United Kingdom


In the information age, more educational information could be received by parents with the development of social media, including the excellent performance of other families’ children and the advertising of shadow education in China. As the subject of parenting, mothers in China could be more likely to feel strong educational anxiety because of gender division of labor and traditional culture. However, few studies of educational anxiety have considered the effect of social media. Based on the literature on maternal parenting, educational anxiety and social media, this paper mainly discussed the influence of social media use on maternal educational anxiety in China through questionnaires and semi-structured interviews from the perspective of upward social comparison psychology and gender theory. The research collected 202 valid questionnaires from mothers in China who were aged between 18 and 60 years old. The convenience sampling method was used and quantitative data were analyzed by SPSS 23.0. Besides, 10 mothers volunteered to be interviewed after completing the questionnaire. The results implied that mothers who used more social media could have higher levels of educational anxiety. Under the background of educational industrialization, the educational anxiety that educational institutions sell for profit could destroy the educational ecology to some extent.

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