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Negative Effects of Social Media Use on the Mental Health


Pravin Vitthal Gawas , Vivekanand Education Society's Institute of Technology


Social Networking, Mental Health, Impact of Social Networks


The intent of this paper 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, and 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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Paper ID: IJSRDV5I41399
Published in: Volume : 5, Issue : 4
Publication Date: 01/07/2017
Page(s): 1802-1805

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