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Assignment 3: Research Questions & Variables New

The advent of social media has caught everyone off guard around the globe. Moreover, many of the impacts are still a mystery although their ongoing study. However, an increasing number of experts are beginning to explore issues about social media’s influence on society. It has been discovered that the impacts have both beneficial and harmful repercussions. When it comes to teaching subsequent generations the dos and don’ts of using social media, especially those relevant to students’ health, it is necessary to find the appropriate balance between the two approaches. This research, along with other research, attempts to build the groundwork for educating prospective students on how to use social media in the most productive ways possible. The use of social media has neither positive nor negative effects. It is possible to speak of equilibrium or balance. This equilibrium refers to how frequently one utilizes social media compared to engaging in other physically active pursuits. Students should not only be taught how to utilize social media as part of the necessary education; they need also be taught how to strike a balance between the various demands of daily life, such as studying, working out, and eating well. According to some studies, using social media might induce memory loss, anxiety, increased risk of suicide and physical immobility, depression, eye difficulties, and even arthritis (Akram & Kumar, 2017; Dibb, 2019). How people interact with social media might negatively or positively impact their lives, depending on which perspective we take. As a result, this research aims to provide more awareness of the responsibilities associated with utilizing social media. It is common knowledge that using social media can have a negative impact on our physical and mental health, and this influence extends to things like cyberbullying and our day-to-day habits. In research that examined the effects of social media on health, conducted by Dibb (2019), the researchers discovered that some users are more likely to engage in social comparisons with other people, which in turn leads to an increase in the severity of their depression symptoms. According to the researcher’s findings, this is associated with reduced feelings of well-being, greater levels of social anxiety, and decreased self-esteem. Concerns have been raised regarding the amount of time spent using social media because of the potential adverse effects on one’s health.

According to research by Akram & Kumar (2017) on the influence of social media on society, there are both negative and positive aspects of using social media. The potential to become more socially capable is one of the benefits, although the potential for negative effects such as cyberbullying and despair is present. Social media affects many aspects of our lives, including our businesses, our health, and the education we receive in the medical field. This article examines the characteristics of various social media platforms used and the impacts those platforms have on the health issues of students.

Researchers like Tripathi et al. (2018) and others have pointed out the negative consequences that social media might have on a person’s health. They give the impression that social media has become ingrained in our culture. Because of how quickly it has spread, social media is having repercussions on society that were not anticipated. Many healthcare professionals now do their job on social media websites, including WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and personal blogs. This study highlights the importance of doing additional studies on the topic of health and social media to understand better the positive and bad consequences of using social networking sites on our health. According to the experts’ findings, there is hope at the end of the road. Either there should be frequent reminders displayed on sites, or individuals should set timers to regulate the amount of time they spend using social media.

Research questions

  1. How much time do university students spend on social media?
  2. What is the impact of social media on student’s academic and social life?
  3. To what degree does cyberbully influence the mental health of a university student?
  4. What is the impact of social media on a university student’s mental, social and physical health?
  5. What are some ways students can regulate social media consumption and concentrate on other things?


Dependent variable: student mental health.

Independent variables: social media consumption, cyberbullying, and academic performance


There is a positive relationship between mental health and social media consumption among university students.

Survey Questions

How often do you use social media?

  1. One hour per day
  2. More than two hours but lesser than four hours
  3. More than four hours

What is your most popular social media site?

  1. Twitter
  2. Instagram
  3. Tiktok
  4. Facebook
  5. Telegram
  6. WhatsApp
  7. For any other, please specify

How often do you communicate with friends and family on social media?

  1. Once everyday
  2. Twice per week
  3. Each day of the week
  4. Once per month
  5. For any other, please specify

Do you think the amount of time you spend on social media interferes with your academic performance?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Somewhat

Does social media interfere with your daily schedule?

  1. Sometimes
  2. Always
  3. Never

Do you ever turn off your phone or computer for some time in the day to concentrate on other issues?

  1. Sometimes (Please explain your choice)
  2. Always (Please explain your choice)
  3. Never (Please explain your choice)

Have you ever been cyberbullied?

  1. Yes (please explain
  2. No
  3. I do not want to talk about it

Has cyberbullying affected your mental health?

  1. If yes, please explain
  2. No, I have never been cyberbullied

Does social media affect your daily exercise regime?

  1. If yes, please explain
  2. No, please explain
  3. I do not exercise

To what extent has social media affected your mental health?

  1. A lot (please explain how)
  2. To a certain extent, (please explain)
  3. Never

Do you think people can get addicted to social media? Please explain your answers

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Maybe






Akram, W., & Kumar, R. (2017). A study on positive and negative effects of social media on society. International Journal of Computer Sciences and Engineering5(10), 351-354.

Dibb, B. (2019). Social media use and perceptions of physical health. Heliyon5(1), e00989.

Tripathi, M., Singh, S., Ghimire, S., Shukla, S., & Kumar, S. (2018). Effect of social media on human health. Virology & Immunology Journal2(2), 1-4.


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