Associations between college students' social media use and psychological well-being during COVID-19: is gender a moderator?

Allyson Marrinan

The purpose of this study is to investigate the association between social media use and psychological well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic and whether this association differs by gender. Using a sample of 522 undergraduate students enrolled in two selective liberal arts institutions in the southeastern United States, data from a web-based survey including measures of depression, anxiety, and social media use was collected. I will conduct a moderated regression analysis to evaluate whether females and males differ in the association between social media use and psychological well-being. This research will prove invaluable to the continued research exploring the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing insight into potential interventions to mitigate the adverse effects of social media use on psychological well-being for undergraduate males and females.

Department:

Psychology

Mentor(s):

Karen Kochel