Adolescent social media use: Coping or avoidance?
Harmon, Jennifer Marie
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The growing frequency of social media site use raises concerns regarding its psychological effects on users, particularly adolescents. The current study examined the moderating roles of social media coping and experiential avoidance within the relation between frequency of social media use and internalizing/externalizing symptoms of psychopathology in a sample of 334 college students between 17-19 years of age. It was found that neither social media coping nor experiential avoidance appeared to be related to internalizing or externalizing symptoms in the present sample.