Is using social media helpful or harmful to your well-being? Our research suggests the answer may be a matter of mindset. We investigate how the beliefs and expectations we have about the impact of using social media can affect our health – independent of how much you actually use social media. In addition, we propose a novel theoretical framework for understanding how our beliefs about our own social media use differ from our beliefs about how other people and companies use social media.
As the novel respiratory virus COVID-19 spreads throughout numerous countries, governments and public healthcare systems are working tirelessly to contain the disease. In many places like Stanford, this includes implementing social distancing policies – urging people to avoid large gatherings, to work from home when possible, and to limit contact with others to minimize the spread of the disease. (For more on this, check out “Flatten the Curve”).
Hancock, J.T., Liu, X., French, M., Luo, M., Mieczkowski, H. (2019). Social media use and psychological well-being: A Meta-analysis. 69th Annual International Communication Association Conference, Washington, D.C.