Master of Education Research Theses
Date of Successful Defense
Date Degree Awarded
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Timothy Heaton, Ph.D.
Stephen Gruber, Ed.D.
Merlin Ager, Ph.D.
social media, relationships, chi square test, honesty, young adults
This non-experimental study examines the online behavior of young adults versus their face-to-face interactions. A social media survey was sent to undergraduate students of two private universities in the Midwest via e-mail. A total of 1,365 undergraduates participated in the survey. Analysis of the surveys found that 99% of the undergraduates considered themselves honest people. A chi square test comparing male and female responses revealed that honesty does not depend upon gender. A question of whether a person would say mean things to or about a person in a face-to-face encounter was compared with the question of whether a person would say mean things to or about a person through social media. The results were significant for both male and female responses. A question of whether a person flirts more through social media than face-to-face was compared to whether the respondents thought they represented themselves the same online as in the real world. The results were significant for both male and female responses. The research shows that young adults’ behavior online differs from their face-to-face interactions.
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Caldwell, Andrea L., "An Exploration of Young Adult Online Behavior Versus Their Face-to-Face Interactions" (2013). Master of Education Research Theses. 64.