Background: Social media is a relatively new and impactful way to connect
millions of people around the world. The intersection of mental health and social media is
a poorly studied, yet important area of research. Specifically, with regard to college-aged
youth, social media can potentially offer an educational tool to enhance mental health
awareness or augment treatment when it is used for professional purposes by mental health
advocates or healthcare professionals. There is also the added risk of disinformation,
cyberbullying, and privacy breaches.
Objective: This review aims to assess the current state of social media use and its influence
on mental health, especially in college-age youth.
Methods: The authors of this paper utilized PubMed and Medline databases to review the
most recent experimental studies and literature reviews available on the topic of mental
health and social media.
Results: Abstracts and relevant papers were read in full, and information from these studies
was cited accordingly.
Conclusion: The authors conclude that although more research needs to be conducted, social
media may offer benefits for mental health awareness, education, and treatment, specifically
in populations such as college-age youth.