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The Impact of Social Media on Depression in 18-34-Year-Olds in the United States

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2017-06-05
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The purpose of this study was to better understand the relationship between social media use and depression, by helping eliminate any inconsistencies from prior findings and expanding the research to include other possible contributing factors that have yet to be explored. Participants consisted of 18-34-year-olds residing in the United States. The study was conducted through an online survey on SurveyMonkey. Participants (N = 198) reported that there are several potential causal factors of depression that result from the use of social media. These include envy (40.45%), unsettling news (15.73%), exclusion (12.36%), negative posts (12.36%), conflicting views (8.99%), cyberbullying (3.37%), too much time spent on social media (3.37%) and recalling past experiences (3.37%). These results confirmed that social media envy is a potential causal factor of depression. Furthermore, it was found that there are additional causal factors resulting from social media use.
Title: The Impact of Social Media on Depression in 18-34-Year-Olds in the United States.
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Name(s): Krylova, Daria, Author
College of Arts & Sciences, Degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Thesis
Issuance: single unit
Date Issued: 2017-06-05
Extent: 58 pgs.
Language(s): English
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to better understand the relationship between social media use and depression, by helping eliminate any inconsistencies from prior findings and expanding the research to include other possible contributing factors that have yet to be explored. Participants consisted of 18-34-year-olds residing in the United States. The study was conducted through an online survey on SurveyMonkey. Participants (N = 198) reported that there are several potential causal factors of depression that result from the use of social media. These include envy (40.45%), unsettling news (15.73%), exclusion (12.36%), negative posts (12.36%), conflicting views (8.99%), cyberbullying (3.37%), too much time spent on social media (3.37%) and recalling past experiences (3.37%). These results confirmed that social media envy is a potential causal factor of depression. Furthermore, it was found that there are additional causal factors resulting from social media use.
Identifier: Krylova_fgcu_1743_10254 (IID)
Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Department: Justice Studies
Committee Chair/Advisor: David Thomas
Committee Member: Erica Baer
Subject(s): Cyberbullying
Depression, Mental
Mental health
Social media
Suicide
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Host Institution: FGCU