Advisor(s)

Phillip R. Zoladz, PhD
Ohio Northern University
Psychology, Health & Behavioral Sciences
p-zoladz@onu.edu

Document Type

Video

Start Date

23-4-2021 9:00 AM

Description

Over the past couple of decades, as technology has become more readily available to individuals, social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram have had an impact on how adolescents and young adults communicate with peers. There has been much debate on whether social media usage negatively impacts the lives of adolescents and adults or not. The present literary review examines findings from 20 studies that investigated the effect of social media usage on the well-being and stress levels of adolescents and young adults. The conclusion of this literary review is that there are many mixed findings in studies examining social media’s impact on well-being in adolescents and young adults. Findings regarding stress show a trend of social media increasing stress in adolescents and young adults. Many individual factors such as type of usage (active or passive), time spent on social media, number of connections, and fear of missing out play a factor in how social media affects well-being and levels of stress in adolescents and young adults.

Notes

This presentation is part of the Honors Capstone Enhancement Presentation series.

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The Impact of Social Media Use on Well-being and Stress in Adolescents and Young Adults

Over the past couple of decades, as technology has become more readily available to individuals, social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram have had an impact on how adolescents and young adults communicate with peers. There has been much debate on whether social media usage negatively impacts the lives of adolescents and adults or not. The present literary review examines findings from 20 studies that investigated the effect of social media usage on the well-being and stress levels of adolescents and young adults. The conclusion of this literary review is that there are many mixed findings in studies examining social media’s impact on well-being in adolescents and young adults. Findings regarding stress show a trend of social media increasing stress in adolescents and young adults. Many individual factors such as type of usage (active or passive), time spent on social media, number of connections, and fear of missing out play a factor in how social media affects well-being and levels of stress in adolescents and young adults.