Sonya Palumbo

Alumnus studies connection between Facebook, anxiety

A former Texas State student is gaining national attention for his master’s thesis that examines the correlation between Facebook and anxiety, loneliness and alcohol and drug use.

Russell Clayton found that of the 225 college freshmen who responded to his survey, those who reported higher anxiety and alcohol use were more emotionally connected to Facebook. He found students who were more lonely and anxious use Facebook as a platform to connect with others. Clayton received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas State in 2010.

“Emotional connectedness refers to the degree to which Facebook is integrated into individuals’ daily lives,” Clayton said.

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