Term of Award

Spring 2022

Degree Name

Master of Science in Experimental Psychology (M.S.)

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Thesis (open access)

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Department of Psychology

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Michael Nielson

Committee Member 1

Nicholas Holtzman

Committee Member 2

Ryan Couillou


Social media has played a prominent role in society as a safe way of communicating and connecting with friends, family, and others during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. This study examined the general use of social media over the time of the COVID-19 pandemic and correlations with levels of loneliness, depression, anxiety, and stress in comparison to how people felt about their social media use before the pandemic. This study collected self-reported introspection on social media use during the pandemic and before the pandemic from Georgia Southern University students to compare if there are less feelings of loneliness and depression when using social media during the pandemic than before. Contrary to predictions, the results of the correlational analyses trended opposite to our hypothesized results.

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