Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
©2018 Krista B. Knighton
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.
Knighton, Krista, "Are We Worse Off With The Internet? An Analysis of Social Media" (2018). Scripps Senior Theses. 1164.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.