International student and recent DSU graduate, Reetta Saeaeski originally started her higher education at Goldey-Beacom College in Delaware on a basketball scholarship. However, her desire to go westward brought her to Utah and to Dixie State University. As a psychology major, Reetta dove right into doing original research. In February, she gave an oral presentation at the annual meeting of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters (UASAL) in Salt Lake City on the topic of social media and infants. Last Spring, Reetta gave a poster presentation at the DSU Research Symposium on the need for childcare at Dixie State University. More recently, as part of her capstone project in psychology, Reetta investigated the interplay between attachment styles and social media use. Her hypothesis was that people with insecure attachments spend more hours on social media than people with more secure attachment styles.
Using 161 subjects who responded to an online survey, her results showed that there was a significant positive relationship between attachment anxiety, attachment avoidance and smartphone addiction. “These finding suggest that secure attachments should be promoted as a means to prevent social media and smartphone addiction,” observed Reetta. “Social media use is growing and it is starting to affect more and more people,” Reetta observed. “I hope my research will make it possible for me to spread the word and help more people develop secure attachments.”
After graduating, Reetta plans to attend graduate school in Europe and study for a Masters Degree in sports psychology, developmental psychology, or family therapy. “Getting experience presenting research at conferences is very important and I really recommend it,” Reetta commented. “Not only do those experiences teach you a lot, they also look good on your graduate school applications.” For more information, contact Reetta at firstname.lastname@example.org.