Effects of social media on depression anxiety and stress

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Hughes, Sean
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The aim of this exploratory study was to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between Age, Time spent using social media daily, Number of social media platforms used daily, Facebook Intensity Scale and Mental Wellbeing (Depression, Anxiety and Stress). A quantitative, correlational coefficient survey was implemented to gather the necessary data. A convenience sample of 73 participants completed the survey which consisted of the Facebook Intensity Scale and the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale. Analysis of the data displayed that there was a positive, significant correlation between number social media platforms across all three negative emotional states, Depression, Anxiety and Stress. There was no significant correlation between Age, Time spent on social across all platforms, the Facebook Intensity Scale and Mental Wellbeing (DASS). The practical implications of these findings may involve the introduction of an educational campaign in order to increase awareness of the potential negative effects of social media.