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Vanderbeek, S. (2021) Engaged or Detached? Usage Patterns and Self Reflection on Social Media Behavior Among College Students. (Unpublished Undergraduate Honors Thesis). University of Nebraska Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska.


Copyright Stefanie Vanderbeek 2021


This study was conducted to explore the connection between time, usage patterns, and self-perceived problems on social media. It also compared different social media platforms for level of engagement and use. A quantitative approach was used. A survey was sent out to a sample of college students and results were collected over a week. It was found that more time spent on the platform and usage later in the day is associated with higher levels of engagement. Additionally, visuals-based content was found to be more engaging. There was no connection found between amount of time or time of day and recipients’ self-perceived problems.