Discrimination experiences may contribute to the chronic stress experienced by Black Americans, leaving these individuals particularly vulnerable to mental health concerns. In turn, individuals may utilize social media platforms as a place for online community and shared experience. At the same time, social media may also amplify evidence of global discrimination, further contributing to chronic stress felt in Black communities. Presently, little is known about the relationships between discrimination, chronic stress, and social media use. Multiple regressions and moderation analyses (N = 246) explored the predictive nature of social media use and discrimination on chronic stress in a sample of Black American college students. Results provide initial support for the potential negative impact of social media on chronic stress. Clinical implications for professional counselors are provided.

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