Influence of Social Media Use on Maternal Educational Anxiety


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 can 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 can have higher levels of educational anxiety. Under the background of educational industrialization, the educational anxiety that educational institutions sell for profit can destroy the educational ecology to some extent.

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Wei Zheng, University College London, United Kingdom

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Conference: ECE2022
Stream: Mind

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Zheng W. (2022) Influence of Social Media Use on Maternal Educational Anxiety ISSN: 2188-1162 The European Conference on Education 2022: Official Conference Proceedings
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