Social Media and Mental Health

Can we use social media to assess mental health?


Why is this study being done?

This study is being done to see whether we can assess the relationship between writing about social and health behaviors on social media platforms and self-reported activities of social and health outcomes. We wish to see whether social media are acceptable and feasible technology that can be scaled to predict outcomes for social and health outcomes.

What will happen if I take part in this research study?

If you volunteer to participate in this study, you will complete a 20-minute online survey about your health, social, and school activities. You will also be asked to follow a designated Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account solely created for this project for one year. These social media accounts will remain active indefinitely. We will ask for your permission to view your social media content to see whether it can provide further information related to your responses about your health on your surveys.

By following our designated social media accounts, you agree to release your social media information. Data will only be recorded from those participants provided signed consent. All responses will be treated as confidential. Records of user names from social media will also be destroyed at the end of the study period.

You may be eligible for this study if you are:

1) between the age of 18-29 years old,

2) have a Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account and

3) make active posting on your social media accounts(s).

Your participation in this research study is voluntary and not part of student responsibilities.

Recruitment of this project is ongoing. For more information, please  us.