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


Schivinski, B and Brzozowska-Wos, M and Stansbury, E and Satel, J and Montag, C and Pontes, HM, Exploring the role of social media use motives, psychological well-being, self-esteem, and affect in problematic social media use, Frontiers in Psychology, 11 Article 617140. ISSN 1664-1078 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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

DOI: doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2020.617140


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:problematic social media use, social media motives, problematic behavior, well-being, self-esteem, affect, problematic consumer behavior
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Satel, J (Dr Jason Satel)
UTAS Author:Pontes, HM (Dr Halley de Oliveira Miguel Pontes)
ID Code:142703
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2021-02-08
Last Modified:2021-06-28
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