Current Project: Social Media & Mental Health

Social media and communication technologies have a complicated relationship with mental health. While they’re often blamed for causing depression, anxiety, loneliness, and other issues, the story isn’t always so simple. This group of studies examines how mental health issues impact peoples’ online behavior, how mental health concerns can be detected using the language people use on social networking sites, and how we can use these sites to provide support to people who need it.

Bazarova, N. N., Choi, Y. H., Whitlock, J. L., Cosley, D., & Sosik, V. S. (2017). Psychological distress and emotional expression on Facebook. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 20(3), 157-163.

Chang, P. F., Bazarova, N. N., & Whitlock, J.L (2016). To respond or not to respond, that is the question: The decision making process of providing social support do distressed posters. Presented at the 2016 Society for Research on Adolescents Biennial Meeting, March 31-April 2, 2016, Baltimore, MD.

Choi, Y. H., Bazarova, N. N., Whitlock, J.L., Cosley, D., & Sosik, V. (2016). Psychological distress and emotional expression on Facebook.  Presented at the 2016 Society for Research on Adolescents Biennial Meeting, March 31-April 2, 2016, Baltimore, MD.

Choi, Y. H., Taylor, S. H., Sannon, S., & Bazarova, N. N. (2016). Social media affordances and interpersonal aspects of depression in Facebook communication. Paper presented at the National Communication Association 102nd Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA. November 2016.

Sannon, S., & Bazarova, N. N. (2016). From theory to design: Technological interventions for coping with stress and anxiety. Extended Abstract for the Workshop on Computing and Mental Health, Computer-Human Interaction (CHI 2016), May 7-12, San Jose, CA.

Taylor, S. H., & Bazarova, N. N. (in press). Social media and subjective well-being: A relational perspective. In Z. Papacharissi (Ed). Networked Self: Love.