Mentor:Dr. Valarie Bell
Research Topic:Exploring the Effects of Social Media Use and Levels of Empathy; A Study on the Relationship and Comparison Between Social Media Use and Empathy levels Across Four Generations
Abstract:Generation Z and Millennials tend to be closely related to the idea, development, and progression of social media. Due to the exponential increase in technology within the last decade, there are various questions in regards to how this affects their ability to feel and express empathy. With the popularity of social media and shift in a technologically driven society, research has identified its effects on attention spans, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, as well as the idea of instant gratification. Recently, many individuals have been concerned with the levels of empathy within generation z and even late millennials. In this study, participants will complete a self-report survey answering questions about their social media use, whether they use Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, more frequently, and they will also be asked to reflect on their empathy skills. This study will be looking at empathy on an individual scale as well as a generation scale. The purpose of this study is to examine whether there is a significant difference in empathy scores between generations as well as between social media platforms.
Alma Mater:B.A. Psychology | University of North Texas 2020