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Propose a way (or ways) of analyzing the data you wish to collect to test your hypothesis. This should be a relatively brief section and should be followed by a Discussion section that addresses possible outcomes, their meanings, and how they would inform our understanding of the topic.

Include who the participant will be and how many people will be the participate in this study.

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The Influence of Social Media on Mental Health

Martha Ramsey

Saint Leo University

Research Method: PSY 535

Instructor Andrea Goldstein

November 12, 2022

The Influence of Social Media on Mental Health

Introduction

Social media has become a major part of people’s lives in the modern world. Since its existence, it has been used for various purposes in everyday life. The initial purpose of social media was for easier and faster personal communication. However, it has gradually been incorporated into different fields, such as the business world, schools, and hospitals, as a communication and marketing tool, making it easier to reach more customers and potential clients within a short time. Nevertheless, social media has also had its downside, which can also be detrimental to the health and well-being of its users. Studies conducted recently have identified the development of mental health issues as one of the negative effects of social media. Increased use of social media has been shown to cause various mental health disorders such as stress and anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. This proposal will analyze an experimental study to identify the influence of social media on mental health. It will study selected participants, measures to address the variables of interest, and the data collection procedure (Bashir & Bhat, 2017).

Participants

Social media can affect any of its users. Therefore, there is no particular population that is only affected by the overuse of social media. However, various studies have shown that teenagers and young adults aged 12- 30 are more prone to developing mental health issues than older adults (Berryman, Ferguson & Negy, 2018). This can be attributed to the more screen time consumed by this set of individuals compared to people above this age bracket. Therefore, the participants in this experiment will include high school and college students since they face higher risks of developing mental health disorders.

According to different research studies and analyses, students who spend much time on social media are more likely to develop sleeping disorders, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem due to peer pressure on social platforms. This experiment will study different variables and factors that influence students’ use of social media and how it leads to the development of mental health issues.

Measures

This experiment will study different variables and factors that lead to the development of mental health issues from too much use of social media by high school and college students. One of the most important factors to consider in the experiment will be the daily amount of time spent on social media by the average number of students. This will help