Motives to use Facebook and problematic Facebook use in adolescents

Marino, Claudia and Mazzieri, Elena and Caselli, Gabriele and Vieno, Alessio and Spada, Marcantonio M. (2018) Motives to use Facebook and problematic Facebook use in adolescents. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 7 (2). pp. 276-283. ISSN 2062-5871


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Background and aims There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that problematic Facebook use (PFU) is an emerging problem, particularly among adolescents. Although a number of motivations explaining why people engage in frequent Facebook use have been identified, less is known about the specific psychological needs underlying PFU. The aim of this study is to test a model designed to assess the unique contribution of psychological motives for using Facebook to the different PFU dimensions in a sample of adolescents. Methods A total of 864 Italian adolescents participated in the study. Multivariate multiple regression was run to test whether the four motives were differently associated with problematic dimensions. Results The results showed that the two motives with negative valence (coping and conformity) were significantly linked to the five dimensions of PFU, whereas the two motives with positive valence (enhancement and social) appeared to be weaker predictors for three out of these five dimensions.<sec sec-type="discussion and conclusion"> Discussion and conclusion In conclusion, psychological motives for using Facebook appeared to significantly contribute to explaining PFU among adolescents, and should be considered by researchers and educational practitioners.

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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > BF Psychology / lélektan
Depositing User: xVioletta xBaliga
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2018 08:51
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2023 07:29

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