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JIAAP July 2022
Social Media and Psychology: An Analytical Study of Social Media Usage and its Association to Depression among Undergraduate Students
Pradeep Singh Chahar and Tanveer Ahemad Hundekari
The dynamically interactive Indian society is challenged by the new methods of communication and the well-being of the adolescents is negatively affected by the use of social media primarily depression which is associated somewhat with increased morbidity and mortality. Therefore, the objective of this study was to compare and analyse the association of social media usage and depression among under graduate students. A total of 98 under graduate students of Manipal University Jaipur, aged between 16 to 21 years were randomly selected for this cross-sectional study. The data of age, gender, source of accessing social media, most used social media platform, average length of each visit to social media and usage of social media in a day were used as independent variables. Depression among subjects had been considered as dependent variable which was further classified into depressed and not-depressed category. Kruskal-Wallis Test was applied, and the result shows significant difference in the depression score between the different social media usage group and average length of each visit to social media. However, chi-square results revealed that depression was significantly associated with age, daily usage of social media and average length of each visit of the subjects.