Covid-19 Pandemic, Instagram use and Women’s Mental Health

Document Type : research


1 Department of Humanities, Southeast University, Nanjing, China

2 Department of Management and Finance, Allameh Tabatabai University, Tehran, Iran



Objective: While previous research studies primarily focused on younger populations, this study compared the relationship between Instagram use and the mental health of both young and older women who were quarantined because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Method: Data were collected using Google Form from March 1 to May 5, 2020. A total of 389 women from Mashhad City in Iran participated in the study and completed a questionnaire regarding their daily Instagram usage and a General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28).
Results: Older users’ daily Instagram use was not significantly different from that of younger users [t(382) = 0.98, p = 0.33]. Furthermore, results indicated that there was a significant positive correlation between daily Instagram use and young users’ mental health levels [r(352) = 0.23, p=0.00]. Finally, there was no significant correlation found between daily Instagram use and old users’ mental health levels [r(28) = -0.20, p = 0.28].
Conclusion: The findings advance an understanding of Instagram use among younger and older adults, and highlight the correlation between Instagram use and mental health. The results can inform future technological interventions that are designed to help younger and older adults who may have better access to social benefits via SNS platforms, particularly in specific circumstances, such as those brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keywords: COVID-19; Instagram use; mental health.


Article Title [فارسی]

پاندمی کووید 19, کاربران اینستاگرام و سلامت روان زنان

Authors [فارسی]

  • راضیه کمال 1
  • راضیه رحمانی 2
  • هدی نداف شرق
1 دانشکده،علوم انسانی،دپارتمان روان شناسی،دانشگاه سوت ایست، شهر نانجینگ، چین
2 دانشگاه علامه طباطبایی ،تهران، ایران