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Exploring the role of social media use motives, psychological well-being, self-esteem, and affect in problematic social media use

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posted on 2023-05-20, 20:44 authored by Schivinski, B, Brzozowska-Wos, M, Stansbury, E, Jason SatelJason Satel, Montag, C, Halley de Oliveira Miguel PontesHalley de Oliveira Miguel Pontes
Given recent advances in technology, connectivity, and the popularity of social media platforms, recent literature has devoted great attention to problematic Facebook use. However, exploring the potential predictors of problematic social media use beyond Facebook use has become paramount given the increasing popularity of multiple alternative platforms. In this study, a sample of 584 social media users (Mage = 32.28 years; 67.81% female) was recruited to complete an online survey assessing sociodemographic characteristics, patterns, and preferences of social media use, problematic social media use (PSMU), social media use motives, psychological well-being, self-esteem, and positive and negative affect. Results indicated that 6.68% (n = 39) of all respondents could be potentially classed as problematic users. Moreover, further analysis indicated that intrapersonal motive (β = 0.38), negative affect (β = 0.22), daily social media use (β = 0.18), surveillance motive (β = 0.12), and positive affect (β = −0.09) each predicted PSMU. These variables accounted for about 37% of the total variance in PSMU, with intrapersonal motive driving the greatest predictive contribution, over and above the effects of patterns of social media use and sociodemographic variables. These findings contribute to the increasing literature on PSMU. The results of this study are discussed in light of the existing literature on PSMU.

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Publication title

Frontiers in Psychology

Volume

11

Article number

617140

Number

617140

ISSN

1664-1078

Department/School

School of Psychological Sciences

Publisher

Frontiers Research Foundation

Place of publication

Switzerland

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Copyright 2020 Schivinski, Brzozowska-Wo´s, Stansbury, Satel, Montag and Pontes. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY)

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Expanding knowledge in psychology

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