The relation of gender, behavior, and intimacy development on level of Facebook addiction in emerging adults

Kimpton, Melanie, Campbell, Marilyn A., Leong, Eliza Weigin, Orel, Alexandria, Wozencroft, Kelly, & Whiteford, Chrystal (2016) The relation of gender, behavior, and intimacy development on level of Facebook addiction in emerging adults. International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning (IJCBPL), 6(2), pp. 56-67.

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Social networking sites are changing the way in which young people develop and maintain friendships and relationships. This study investigated the relationship between level of Facebook addiction, Facebook behaviors, gender, and intimacy development in emerging adults. Participants were 273 university students aged 18 to 25. They completed an online questionnaire that measured their level of Facebook addiction, what they do on Facebook, and their ability to form intimate relationships. A gender difference was found with long distance, passive, active photo, and organizing behaviors relating to high levels of Facebook addiction in females, whereas gaming was related to high levels of Facebook addiction in males. Intimacy development was related to high Facebook use and long distance, active photo, and organizing behaviors, but not to the level of Facebook addiction. Implications regarding the identification of at-risk for addiction emerging adults are discussed.

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ID Code: 96772
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Addiction,, Emerging Adults,, Facebook,, Gender,, Intimacy Development
DOI: 10.4018/IJCBPL.2016040104
ISSN: 2155-7136
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016, IGI Global.
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Deposited On: 21 Jul 2016 01:47
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2016 09:43

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