The Influence of Social Media on Adolescent Mental Health



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The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of social media on adolescent mental health. The study was intentional in examining the effects of social media usage on depression, self-esteem, and academic achievement. The research was completed during the fall and spring of 2020 and 2021 with 136 ninth grade students within a large suburban district located in southeast Texas. Students participated in quantitative data collection with the PEW Internet Research Survey, the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, and qualitative data collection in individual interviews. All 136 students completed the surveys and 9 students participated with individual interviews. Frequencies and Percentages, the Chi-Square Test of Independence, the one way ANOVA, and thematic coding were used to analyze the data collected.



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