Social media has found its way into almost everyone’s cellphone. Being a primary source for news, connection, and inspiration, it only continues to gain popularity. Social media, however, is not good 100% of the time. The dominant explanation for the effect of social media on wellbeing varies from digital stress, compromised sleep, and body image disturbances. This paper explores the correlation between daily time spent on social media, number of platforms used, and overall sense of wellbeing. Sleepiness is also assessed, and a correlation is explored using the previous variables. Previous research primarily focuses on the amount of time spent on social media as a whole but fails to explore the use of multiple platforms regularly. This is important in terms of digital stress and communication overload which can come from notifications from several platforms. This paper, however, focuses solely on social media in terms of daily time spent and the number of platforms utilized. Participants completed a self—paced online survey at the University of Central Florida.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Dietz, Tyler, "Social Media Use and the Effects on Wellbeing in Young Adults" (2022). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1278.