Impact of the Internet on Mental Health among the Youths in San Jose, California


  • John Roy Haun San José State University
  • Henry Afrin Milton San José State University
  • Conness Mishra Latham San José State University



The internet has revolutionized the way we live, work, and communicate, providing access to vast amounts of information, services, and opportunities. Internet use can contribute to feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem, as youth are often exposed to idealized and unrealistic portrayals of other people's lives. The internet can expose people to harmful content, such as cyberbullying, hate speech, and violent or graphic images. This can trigger trauma, anxiety, and depression. The study used the descriptive research design. The target population was 300 youths in San Jose, California.  The research did sampling of 220 participants that were chosen from the target population of 300 youths in San Jose, California. Questionnaires were utilized to gather the data. In conclusion, the internet has had a significant impact on mental health in San Jose, California with both positive and negative consequences. The impact of the internet on mental health among youths is a complex issue that warrants attention from parents, caregivers, educators, mental health professionals, and policymakers. While the internet has provided many benefits for youth, such as access to information, educational opportunities, and social connections, excessive internet use have negative impacts on mental health, including increased risks of anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbances. The research recommended that there should be more awareness campaigns aimed at educating the public, especially young people, about the potential risks associated with excessive use of the internet and especially social media. Young people should be educated about the risks and benefits of the internet hence helping them make informed decisions and use it in a safe and responsible way. The government and other relevant stakeholders should provide access to mental health resources such as counseling services, support groups, and online resources to help young people cope with the negative effects of the internet and build resilience.

Keywords: Internet, Mental Health, Youths, California

Author Biographies

John Roy Haun, San José State University

Postgraduate Student, San José State University

Henry Afrin Milton , San José State University

Lecturer, San José State University

Conness Mishra Latham, San José State University

Lecturer, San José State University


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How to Cite

Haun, J. R. ., H. A. . Milton, and C. M. . Latham. “Impact of the Internet on Mental Health Among the Youths in San Jose, California”. Journal of Sociology, Psychology & Religious Studies, vol. 5, no. 1, Apr. 2023, pp. 1-10, doi:10.53819/81018102t5152.