Month/Year of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)



First Advisor

Dr. Jonathan Santo


The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of social media use on the personal life satisfaction of emerging adults (ages 18 to 25). All told, 172 participants completed a survey that asked them to report their social media usage, social media habits, and their personal satisfaction with life. The social media use variables were reduced using exploratory factor analysis. This allowed a greater breakdown of the effects of social media habits across age and gender. Some gender differences emerged, but overall, social media use was negatively related to satisfaction with life. Additionally, other significant effects were found for personal satisfaction with life for the participants after accounting for age and gender. Notably, curating social media posts was a negative correlate of satisfaction with life. These findings highlight the effects that social media and social media habits can have on a person’s satisfaction with life.

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