Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 11-30-2022

Faculty Advisor(s)

Ann Gordon


In the past few decades, social media has constantly been upgraded to comply with users' needs. Social media has become a prevalent tool today as many use it to share their thoughts and gain a glimpse into other people's lives, but a lot of people also use social media to obtain news about what is going on in the world and their communities. In this article, I examine social media’s influence on people's fear of a potential terrorist attack on their homeland. The data for this research was obtained through The Chapman University Survey on American Fears (CSAF), conducted in 2022. The information I use takes into consideration what news sources people pay attention to, what outlets people get their news from, and how often they obtain news from social media. The results of the tested data showed support for multiple hypotheses stated in this research paper. Although social media is a growing convenience for people with busy schedules, it does allow people to see more about what is happening around the world. This is both good and bad as people are less censored to events outside of their country, but it does create this growing fear that these events and attacks may personally affect them.


Presented at the Fall 2022 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.