An exploratory study of Facebook intensity and its links to narcissism, stress, and self-esteem

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O'Sullivan, Adam and Hussain, Zaheer 2017. An exploratory study of Facebook intensity and its links to narcissism, stress, and self-esteem. Journal of Addictive Behaviors, Therapy & Rehabilitation. https://doi.org/10.4172/2324-9005.1000161
AuthorsO'Sullivan, Adam and Hussain, Zaheer
Abstract

Facebook use has become a popular social activity. More intensive use of Facebook may increase the risk of health problems. Research suggests that high levels of stress and low levels of self-esteem are linked to Facebook intensity usage, however, these findings have been inconsistent, as studies also suggest the opposite or no links at all. This exploratory study examined whether narcissism, stress and self-esteem could predict Facebook intensity, and whether a short session on Facebook could produce immediate psychological effects. A sample of 163 Facebook users completed an online survey, engaged in a short Facebook session and then completed another online survey. Regression analysis revealed that narcissism, stress and self-esteem were found to significantly predict Facebook intensity with stress being a significant predictor within the model. Facebook use significantly increased self-esteem scores amongst the participants. The findings are discussed in relation to previous research and theory.

Facebook use has become a popular social activity. More intensive
use of Facebook may increase the risk of health problems. Research
suggests that high levels of stress and low levels of self-esteem
are linked to Facebook intensity usage, however, these findings
have been inconsistent, as studies also suggest the opposite or no
links at all. This exploratory study examined whether narcissism,
stress and self-esteem could predict Facebook intensity, and
whether a short session on Facebook could produce immediate
psychological effects. A sample of 163 Facebook users completed
an online survey, engaged in a short Facebook session and then
completed another online survey. Regression analysis revealed
that narcissism, stress and self-esteem were found to significantly
predict Facebook intensity with stress being a significant predictor
within the model. Facebook use significantly increased self-esteem
scores amongst the participants. The findings are discussed in
relation to previous research and theory.

KeywordsFacebook; Social networking sites; Stress; Self-esteem
Year2017
JournalJournal of Addictive Behaviors, Therapy & Rehabilitation
PublisherSciTechnol
ISSN23249005
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4172/2324-9005.1000161
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621865
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