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PLoS One. 2017 Jan 9;12(1):e0169839. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0169839. eCollection 2017.

Problematic Social Media Use: Results from a Large-Scale Nationally Representative Adolescent Sample.

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1
Institute of Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary.
2
Doctoral School of Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary.
3
Institute of Sociology and Social Policy, Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary.
4
International Gaming Research Unit, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom.
5
Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway.

Abstract

Despite social media use being one of the most popular activities among adolescents, prevalence estimates among teenage samples of social media (problematic) use are lacking in the field. The present study surveyed a nationally representative Hungarian sample comprising 5,961 adolescents as part of the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD). Using the Bergen Social Media Addiction Scale (BSMAS) and based on latent profile analysis, 4.5% of the adolescents belonged to the at-risk group, and reported low self-esteem, high level of depression symptoms, and elevated social media use. Results also demonstrated that BSMAS has appropriate psychometric properties. It is concluded that adolescents at-risk of problematic social media use should be targeted by school-based prevention and intervention programs.

PMID:
28068404
PMCID:
PMC5222338
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0169839
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