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Adherence to Time Limitations on Social Media Platforms and Its Relationship to Mental Wellbeing

Lee, Cathlyn Ivy (2022) Adherence to Time Limitations on Social Media Platforms and Its Relationship to Mental Wellbeing.

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Abstract:Purpose: Popularity of social media use has led to the question of its impact emotional well-being. Screen time apps can be used to regulate social media use. It was proposed that self-control would have a moderating effect on the frequency of adherence and thus influencing the time spent on social media. Method: A survey design was used for this study. Participant sample included 99 individuals (Mage= 22.41, SDage= 2.46; 31.3% male, 67.7% female, 1% other). Nationality of participants included 6.1% Dutch, 70.7% German, and 23.3% other. Linear mixed models were used to obtain results. Results: A 17.5% correlation between social media use and emotional well-being was found, (F(2,96)= 10.18, p < .05). Frequency of adherence does not predict social media screen time use, r(26)= -.09, p=.66. Self-control does not moderate the relationship between frequency of adherence and social media use, r2(26)= .07, p=.65. Conclusion: Well-being gradually declines as time spent on social media increases. Investigating social media use and its relation to well-being in a longitudinal study is recommended to improve accuracy of results. Comparison of self-control between those who have time limitations on their social media platforms and those who do not, could explain moderation findings more adequately.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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