Publication Date

Fall 2021

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Frederick Grieve (Director), Timothy Thornberry, and Joseph Case

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The impact that social media has on developing eating disorder symptoms is an important subject that needs to be studied more. The previous research on the topic has been limited to looking at college aged females and excluding other under researched populations such as males. Previous research is also limited in the areas of looking at specific social media pages and the time spent on social media. The current study was a correlational study looking at the direct impact that increased time on social media can have on the likelihood of developing eating disorders. There was a total of 37 female participants and 38 male participants. Participants were asked to self-report their time spent on social media and then were asked to complete the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT- 26). The results of this study showed that female participants who reported spending more time on social media also reported having more eating disorder symptoms.


Clinical Psychology | Other Psychology | Psychology