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Victoria Holmes


With a focus on emerging adulthood, the data from this study provides insight into the way people use their time and how their time management skills change as they age. Past research has looked at time usage throughout life, providing evidence that age can impact how a person might use their time for different activities, such as work, school, socializing, and social media, and shown that there are patterns that certain people tend to follow in their daily life. It has also been documented that the way people use their time correlates with their well-being. I was interested in learning more about age and adulthood status and how those variables might relate to time usage, time management, and self-esteem. To gather this data, my classmates and I sent out a survey to 157 college students between the ages of 18 and 29, asking them to respond to questions regarding these topics. After analyzing the data, I found that several of the variables did have significant relationships. The data showed that older emerging adults tended to have better time management skills than younger emerging adults; it also showed that those who were better at time management had higher self-esteem. Adulthood status and time management were positively related as well, meaning that people who felt they were closer to reaching adulthood had better time management skills. Looking further into these relationships would be very beneficial, as time management and self-esteem are two essential parts of life that would make daily living better if improved.

Note on the Author

Victoria Holmes is a senior at Bridgewater State University majoring in Psychology. Her research project was completed in the fall of 2020 under the mentorship of Dr. Joseph R. Schwab (Psychology) and was presented at the 2020 Bridgewater State Mid-Year Symposium. After graduating in the fall of 2021, she plans on pursuing a career in public service.

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