BS in Journalism
This study explores the relationship between loneliness and approaches to social media in relation to college students at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Understanding why and how individuals engage with social networks can provide avenues into which they can establish online habits that are beneficial to their overall wellbeing. Qualitative data was gathered from interviews with two members of faculty and staff as well as four students, their responses recorded and interpreted as an essay film. Respondents expressed the need for awareness and mindfulness when approaching social media by periodically assessing their own activities and feelings while online and making personalized changes as necessary. There is no direct and universal pattern between loneliness and activity on social media, but the pervasive presence of mobile technology and online means of communication in our society insists on the corresponding consideration of self-care.