Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Elliott, Nathan


Social media has a strong influence on adolescents. The effects of social media use can be both positive and negative for adolescents. Social media makes adolescents feel more connected to their friends, family, and interests. On the other hand, it creates an unhealthy reliance by some adolescents which can cause problems with addiction, communication, mental health, and schooling. Addiction to technology and cell phones in particular is a negative pertaining to adolescents. Negative effects occur when adolescents are overly dependent and unfocused due to the use of social media while at school. Studies show that communication skills can be harmed due to addiction to devices and social media. Studies on adolescent mental health show that depression and loneliness are an effect of social media abuse. Awareness is needed by parents and caregivers regarding adolescents and technology issues. The education system needs to be prepared and aware of how this topic is influencing adolescents and the future of education.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis