Social Media and Well-Being Among US College Students

University of British Columbia, Economics

Depression, anxiety, and even suicide rates, are increasing among teenage girls in Canada and the US and social media usage has been implicated as a potential cause. Among social media apps, a recent survey finds Instagram to be the worst for mental health, with its tendency to promote social comparison, unrealistic beauty standards, and the competition for “likes”. Despite the media attention, we lack causal evidence of the impact of Instagram usage on the mental health of teenage girls. Thus, the goal of this project is to serve as a pilot study that will help us shed light on the relationship between social media usage and well-being outcomes.

Eligibility Criteria

All genders

18 to 24 years old

Study Tasks

Complete a 20 minutes survey with questions on social media usage and well-being


Study has been approved by UBC's Research Ethics Board H20-01609


social media
mental health
body image

Activity and Time

Health and Wellness

Polls and Surveys

Weekdays, Weeknights, Weekends

20 minutes total, 1 session


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Study Address

This study doesn't require any in-person visits. Complete it in the comfort of your own home!

You must be a resident in United States, North America to join this study

Posting date: Nov 2, 2020

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