Social Media Effects on Mental Well-Being Among Generations and Motivations for Use

Title

Social Media Effects on Mental Well-Being Among Generations and Motivations for Use

Description

A large number of individuals use social networking sites (SNS). As of 2018, 45% of the world population was a member of at least one SNS (Mitev et al., 2021). Many different ages,
genders, ethnicities, and cultures access the internet for a variety of reasons. It has been found that the main reasons for internet consumption are entertainment, communication, and social
acceptance (Gaethe, 2020). Technology has opened up ways in which one’s identity is affected in ways not seen before. Social media also allows for the lack of true individuality; one may present themselves online any way they like, often inaccurate to one’s authentic self (Mayer et al., 2020). SNS have begun to take up a great deal of time each day, with studies reporting most individuals spend at least an hour a day on social media (Asbury, 2016).

The goal of the current study is to examine the different effects of SNS on well-being in terms of personality and motives and to explore whether those impacts differ between digital immigrants and digital natives. It will first explore previous research discussing the motives behind SNS use in general. It will examine the links between well-being and social media use that have been found to date, both positive and negative.

Creator

Horn, Devin

Publisher

Rider University

Date

Relation

Baccalaureate Honors Program

Format

Adobe Acrobat PDF

Language

English

Type

Capstone

Files

Horn.BHP.Senior.Capstone.pdf

Citation

Horn, Devin, “Social Media Effects on Mental Well-Being Among Generations and Motivations for Use,” Rider Student Research, accessed May 24, 2024, https://riderstudents.omeka.net/items/show/47.

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