Technology and the Effects on the Psychosocial Well-Being of College Students

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Technology and the effect on the Psychosocial Well-being of College Students

Sandra A. Ortiz

University of La Verne

A senior project thesis submitted to the faculty of University of La Verne in the
Psychology Department for partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
May 24, 2011
Advisor: Jodie Lara-Margolis, M.A.

Abstract
This study assessed the effects of technology on the psychosocial well-being of college students. A cross-sectional, survey method design examined the relationship between the effects of psychosocial well-being (depression, anxiety, and stress) in college students due to their measured technology use. To determine psychosocial well-being, respondents
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Society has shown us that from a very early age children are exposed to technology in the form of cell phones, which then transforms into excessive computer use. Advertisers would even show examples of families that communicate with each other via cell phone texts and this was to promote their product to sell more phones. Some studies found an association between excessive Internet and/or cell phone use with anxiety, depression, social isolation, low self-esteem, shyness, and lack of emotional and social skills (Brignall & Van Valey, 2005; Ceyhan & Ceyhan, 2008; Deniz, 2010; Jenaro, Flores, Gomez-Vela, Gonzalez-Gil, & Caballo, 2007; Sanders, Field, Diego, & Kaplan, 2000). A study by Brignall and Van Valey (2005), looked at how the Internet was being used as a primary source of communication, the focal center of school-work and research, the main source of entertainment, and the primary medium for the development of contemporary issues. Since the strength of the Internet was the fact that individuals were able to choose with whom they wanted to interact with, then that was also one of the Internet’s weaknesses when it came to the development of social interaction skills (Brignall et al., 2005). The possibility of a narrow world perspective seems certain for those individuals who choose to isolate themselves from people and ideas with whom they felt uncomfortable (Brignall et al.). If the easiest solution to

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