Title

The Effect of Social Media Use on Short Term Memory

Author(s)

Morgan Iseman

School Name

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School

Grade Level

11th Grade

Presentation Topic

Psychology

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between social media use and short term memory function. It was hypothesized that people will score lower on the memory test after they go on social media for three minutes vs not going on their phone. Each test consisted of 12 terms that the subject was asked to memorize, then they wrote down as many terms as they could remember. They then took a three minute break on Instagram before attempting to recall the same 12 words. The number of terms forgotten during the break was found by subtracting the the number of terms recalled after the break from the number of terms recalled before the break. These results were compared to the control group where subjects couldn't touch their phone during the break. The hypothesis was supported that people will score lower on the memory test after they go on social media for three minutes.

Location

Furman Hall 208

Start Date

3-28-2020 11:45 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

Group Project

No

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Mar 28th, 11:45 AM

The Effect of Social Media Use on Short Term Memory

Furman Hall 208

The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between social media use and short term memory function. It was hypothesized that people will score lower on the memory test after they go on social media for three minutes vs not going on their phone. Each test consisted of 12 terms that the subject was asked to memorize, then they wrote down as many terms as they could remember. They then took a three minute break on Instagram before attempting to recall the same 12 words. The number of terms forgotten during the break was found by subtracting the the number of terms recalled after the break from the number of terms recalled before the break. These results were compared to the control group where subjects couldn't touch their phone during the break. The hypothesis was supported that people will score lower on the memory test after they go on social media for three minutes.