Navigating the Digital Landscape: Unravelling the Psychological, Educational, and Emotional Consequences of Social Media Use for Students with Learning Disabilities

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Purpose: This research aims to investigate the psychological, educational, and emotional impacts of social media on students with learning disabilities, with a specific focus on gender differences. The study seeks to explore the prevalence of these impacts among students actively using social media platforms.

Design/methodology/approach: The sample included 120 students with learning disabilities (60 males and 60 females) who actively use social media platforms. The study utilized the Psychological and Educational Impacts Scale to assess the effects of social media on psychological and educational aspects. Additionally, the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS-21) measured the emotional impact.

Findings: Gender differences were observed, indicating that females experienced higher levels of depression, anxiety, and stress compared to males. The correlation analysis revealed a connection between a higher psychological impact of social media and increased levels of depression, anxiety, and stress. However, no significant correlation was found between the educational impact of social media and emotional outcomes.

Social implications: The findings underscore the importance of promoting responsible and mindful social media use among students with learning disabilities. Recognizing and implementing strategies to mitigate the negative effects can contribute to the well-being and academic success of students with learning disabilities.

Originality/value: This study contributes to the existing literature by specifically examining the impacts of social media on students with learning disabilities, considering both psychological and educational aspects. The identification of gender differences adds nuance to our understanding, emphasizing the originality and value of the research.  

Keywords: Social media, learning disabilities, psychological impact, educational impact, emotional impact and students.

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