BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Spring 2022

Date of Submission



Dr. Sahar Nadeem Hamid, Assistant Professor and Chairperson Social Sciences & Liberal Arts


Rahma Mian; Aliya Naqvi; Dr. Abdul Haque Chang

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


The primary focus of the thesis is to ponder on the link between usage of social media, Facebook and Instagram in particular, and mental health problems such as anxiety amongst young adults. Existing literature indicates that there is an established relationship between increased use of social media and worsening mental health of young adults who reportedly spend the most time on social media and thus end up incurring a more significant risk of developing mental health problems such as anxiety which is quite concerning (Strickland, 2014). As of now, there is not enough clarity on how anxiety can be triggered by usage of Facebook and Instagram which is precisely what this research aims to establish in addition to exploring the more probably cognitive intermediaries of this relationship with a keen focus on exhaustion, fatigue, nervousness, self-concept fear of missing out (FoMO), and social comparison. This thesis will further explore this connection using social and psychological theories to support the argument. Both quantitative and qualitative research will be used to analyze data pertaining to the research question.



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