Graduation Year

2018

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Sociology

Reader 1

Azamat Junisbai

Reader 2

Carlin Wing

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Abstract

n the following thesis, I will begin by giving a more detailed background on the prevalence of internet and social media use. Then I will provide information on depression and declining mental health rates in the United States. Following this, I will discuss previous studies that have come to a variety of conclusions about the interaction of these two factors, including some theoretical frameworks that are useful when thinking about this subject matter. I will then describe the methods used for my analysis, which will be followed by a presentation of the variables, results, and analysis. I find that Instagram is a significant determinant of lower perceived social status, and that Snapchat is a significant determinant of poorer mental health.

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