Coping mechanisms and mental health: Impact of social media use on emerging adults

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2024-05

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This study investigated the relationship between the following factors: (a) whether someone experienced the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic while in high school or after graduating, (b) level of social media addiction during the onset of the pandemic and during the present, (c) social media habits during the onset of the pandemic and during the present, (d) overall mental wellbeing, and (e) level of anxiety. Participants (n = 262) were invited to participate in an online survey that consisted of two sections. One section of the survey measured their mental state and social media habits during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the other section measured their mental state and social media habits during present time. Those who experienced the onset of the pandemic while in high school were found to have significantly higher anxiety levels compared to those who experienced the onset of the pandemic after graduating from high school. The results from this study will expand our understanding of how social media usage can be impacted by one’s developmental stage, and environmental influences.

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Psychology, Developmental, Sociology, Public and Social Welfare, Health Sciences, Mental Health

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