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EXPLORING THE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA USE ON THE MENTAL HEALTH OF YOUNG ADULTS by AMELIA C. STRICKLAND A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Honors in the Major Program in Advertising and Public Relations in the College of Sciences and in the Burnett Honors College at the University of Central Florida Orlando
, Florida Fall Term, 2014 Thesis Chair Sherry Holladay
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.