Renée Myrie



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  • Research shows how participation in social media creates issues with self image, instant gratification, low self-esteem, affects relationships and exasperates symptoms of anxiety and depression.

  • Social media has participants in nearly every age group, race, class, ethnicity, culture and socioeconomic background.

  • Social networking sites (i.e.: Facebook), microblogging apps (i.e.: Twitter) and content sharing apps (i.e.: YouTube, Snap Chat, Tumblr) have become such an ingrained part of society that people check their phones constantly throughout the day, at work, even while driving.

  • More than 98 percent of college-aged students use social media, says consumer insight service Experian

    Simmons (Gerlich, 2011) . In addition, an annual nationwide survey of college students by UCLA found that 27.2 percent of college students spent more than six hours on social media a week (Kalpidou, 185).

Presentation Date

Summer 2019

Faculty Advisor

Dr Rebekah Orr


McNair Summer Research Conference

Social Media: How is it Affecting College Students?