Traversing the sunken place : investigating relationships between internet use and mental health especially among Black Americans

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Rio White (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Cindy Brooks Dollar

Abstract: Technological advancements have provided revolutionary access to information, and communication. In the midst of a pandemic, it has become a reliable source for students, teachers, corporations and influencers. But what are the dangers of exploring the digital space outside of school or work? Can the news and imagery on social media we consume be a hinderance? This paper is an exploration of the realm of digital media and its effects on the mental health of emerging adults between the ages of 18 and 29. Using the General Social Survey I will conduct an analysis of respondent’s internet use and mental health. Though my findings are mostly insignificant and cannot be generalized to the population it does show that there is a connection with higher internet use and worse mental health. This project ultimately raises questions about the impact of the increased use of internet and possible methods for future research.

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Language: English
Date: 2022
Digital Media, Emerging Adults, GSS, Internet, Mental Health, Violence
Internet $x Psychological aspects
Digital media $x Psychological aspects
African Americans $x Mental health
Young adults $x Mental health

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