Insufficient Evidence Supporting Use of Relaxation Techniques to Deter Impacts of Social Media on Mental Health.

As social media use rises, it is important to continue to search for ways to minimize the implications on our mental health. It is also important to determine at what level social media use begins to have negative effects on mental health and stress. We hypothesized that the implementation of relaxation techniques would reduce stress, anxiety, and depression among those with high social media usage. A consent form and survey were sent out to the Relaxation Techniques course and Psychology department courses at Westfield State University to obtain participants. There were a total of 15 participants, 5 of these students participated in relaxation techniques and the other 10 students did not.The survey included four sections: the first an intake of participants’ phone use and social media platform use, then it moved on to the Beck Depression scale. The third section utilized the Beck Anxiety Inventory, and the final section used the Perceived Stress Scale. There was no significance shown from the data collected from the independent t- tests to support a relationship between relaxation techniques and anxiety, depression and stress. Since the current study focused on a broad range of relaxation techniques, future studies should include research on more specific relaxation techniques and their effect on stress, depression, and anxiety, as well as an increased participant pool to examine.