Abstract

The intent of this thesis is to explore the relationship between social media use and mental health in the young adult population. Current research indicates that there is a connection between increased social media use and deteriorated mental health. Unfortunately, young adults, the most active social media users, have a predominantly high risk for developing mental health issues, making this connection particularly concerning. At present, it is unclear how social media and mental health are connected; therefore this thesis explores the individual and social theories that may give reason for this connection. Theories that are discussed include: the impact of sedentary behaviors on mental health, displaced behavior, sleep interruption due to blue light exposure, social media's effects on romantic relationships, and social media's effects on platonic relationships.

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Thesis Completion

2014

Semester

Fall

Advisor

Holladay, Sherry

Degree

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

College

College of Sciences

Department

Communication

Degree Program

Advertising and Public Relations

Subjects

Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences; Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic

Format

PDF

Access Status

Open Access

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Document Type

Honors in the Major Thesis

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