Positive and negative experiences on social media and perceived social isolation

Brian Primack, Sabrina Karim, Ariel Shensa, Nicholas Bowman, Jennifer Knight, Jaime Sidani

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Abstract

Purpose:To examine the association between positive and negative experiences on social media (SM) and perceived social isolation (PSI).<br>Design:Cross-sectional survey.<br>Setting:One large mid-Atlantic University.<br>Participants:A total of 1178 students aged 18 to 30 were recruited in August 2016.<br>Measures:Participants completed an online survey assessing SM use and PSI. We assessed positive and negative experiences on SM by directly asking participants to estimate what percentage of their SM experiences involved positive and negative experiences, respectively. Social isolation was measured using the established Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures Information System scale.<br>Analysis:We used multivariable logistic regression to assess associations between both positive and negative experiences on SM and PSI. Primary models controlled for sex, age, race/ethnicity, educational status, relationship status, and living situation.<br>Results:Participants had an average age of 20.9 (st
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)859-868
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Promotion
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StatePublished - Jan 2019

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