Growing up in the shadow of the Great Barrier Reef, the image of an Australian kid with his own Instagram account has become an iconic one, a beacon for young Australians to connect with others on a personal level.
But in Australia, the selfie is not just about the photo itself.
“I know that I’m just a kid,” says Ben Brown, a 19-year-old from Port Macquarie.
“I can’t believe that I have a Twitter account.
And I know I’m the only one.
I don’t know what else to do.”
The Australian National University study, which was published on Monday, found that people with Instagram accounts were more likely to be “more likely to report positive and negative affect on social networks and more likely than those with non-Instagram accounts to express sadness, anger, fear and sadness.”
“This is not to say that these behaviours are universal across all Australians, but the social impact of these actions are evident,” the study states.
The researchers asked participants to rate how much they were happy and happy to be.
They then measured the impact of those emotions on the people around them.
For example, a person who saw a sad person online was more likely in that moment to report that they felt sad.
The study notes that the researchers were able to identify the “social impact” of these positive or negative emotions, which is a significant step forward for social scientists, who have struggled to accurately measure the impact on people’s lives.
“Social impact is an important, and potentially useful, metric to consider in studying social change,” the researchers said in their statement.
“It allows us to identify people who are being affected by changes in social norms and norms that affect the social life of others.
Social impact can be quantified as a measure of how much a social group is impacted by the perceived actions of those around them.”
The study also looked at whether there were any social benefits from the photos.
Those who saw photos of positive affect in social media posts were more happy than those who saw positive content in negative ones.
“This suggests that people’s positive and neutral Facebook posts could have a positive social impact in terms of positive and social interaction and positive interactions with others,” the authors wrote.
The study was conducted by researchers at the National University of Singapore, the National Centre for Mental Health Research, the Institute of Social Psychology and the Institute for Social Psychology.
It was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and the Australian Science Foundation.