User Characteristics of Olympic Gold Medallists on Instagram : A Quantitative Analysis of Rio2016

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  • Amirhosein BODAGHI


Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes


The purpose of this study is to examine Olympic champions’ characteristics on Instagram to first understand whether differences exist between male and female athletes and then to find possible correlations between these characteristics. We utilized a content analytic method to analyse Olympic gold medallists’ photographs on Instagram. By this way we fetched data from Instagram pages of all those Rio2016 Olympic gold medallists who had their account publically available. The analysis of data revealed the existence of a positive monotonic relationship between the ratio of following/follower and the ratio of engagement/follower for men gold medallists, and a strong negative monotonic relationship between age and ratio of self-presenting post of both men and women gold medallists which even take a linear form for men. These findings aligned with the relative theories and literature may come together to help the athletes to manage and expand their personal brand in social media.

Research Area(s)

  • Instagram, self-presenting, user characteristics, Olympics, gold medallists

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