Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Liberal Studies


Human Development and Family Science


Many teenagers are unaware of the dangers of social media. Anderson and Jiang (2018) found that 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% mentioned they are online frequently, which means they have ready access to the internet and social media. Approximately 88% of young adults varying from eighteen to twenty-nine years old have access to social media use with some capacity (O’Day & Heimberg, 2021). O’Day and Hemberg (2021) bring forth that younger generations use more social media several times a day where they spend a majority of their day on it, which leads to pathological, addictive, or problematic social media use. In research from O’Keeffe and Clarke-Pearson (2011), with the limited capacity of self regulation and peer pressure, they are close to being at risk as they experiment and gain experience with social media.