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Research has shown that the relationship that young men and women have with social media are very different from one another, although both parties have the same amount of access to the usage of popular social media platforms like Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram. It is commonly known that young women and men are socialized to behave and think differently which leads to a variety of differences in how they lead their lives. Young women are made to emphasize their physical appearance and relationships with others more so than men are. Because of this young women spend more time on social media platforms to the detriment of their mental health because they are bombarded with unrealistic beauty standards, higher rates of cyberbullying than men experience, and unrealistic standards of how they should behave and live their lives. Although it is clear that social media usage is particularly harmful for young women's well-being, it is less clear how their engagement in other activities propel or distance them from using social media. Exercise is known to be an activity that boosts the mood of those who engage in it, with the effects being even greater the worse ones wellbeing is. I hypothesize that exercise will moderate the relationship between social media usage and life satisfaction among women.
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Profumo, Gabriel, "Exercise as a Moderating Variable of Social Media Usage and Life Satisfaction" (2020). Senior Projects Fall 2020. 10.
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