Date of Award

Spring 6-9-2023

Author Requested Restriction

Open Access (no restriction)

Work Type

Masters Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Elizabeth Rangel


This research explores the effects of social media use by adolescents. Five themes were identified: [1] social media and adolescent mental and physical well-being, [2] social media and adolescent problematic usage, [3] social media and adolescent academics, [4] social media and adolescent family connections, and [5] social media benefits for adolescents. The paper goes on to analyze how practices at the Middle School where I teach could be aligned with research and then questions implications for future research and transformed practice.