The associations between problematic Facebook use, psychological distress and well-being among adolescents and young adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Marino, C, Gini, G, Vieno, A and Spada, MM (2017). The associations between problematic Facebook use, psychological distress and well-being among adolescents and young adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders. 226, pp. 274-281.
|Authors||Marino, C, Gini, G, Vieno, A and Spada, MM|
BACKGROUND: A growing body of research has analyzed the potential risks of problematic Facebook use for mental health and well-being. The current meta-analysis is the first to examine the associations between problematic Facebook use, psychological distress (i.e., depression, anxiety, etc.) and well-being (life satisfaction, positive mental health) among adolescents and young adults. METHOD: A comprehensive search strategy identified relevant studies in PsychInfo, Pubmed, Scopus, ResearchGate, and Google Scholar. RESULTS: The final sample included 23 independent samples with a total of 13,929 participants (60.7% females; Mage= 21.93, range: 16.5-32.4). Results of random effects meta-analysis confirmed a positive correlation between problematic Facebook use and psychological distress (r = .34, 95% CI [.28, .39]). Moderation analysis revealed that effect sizes were larger in older samples. Moreover, a negative correlation between problematic Facebook use and well-being was observed (r = -.22, 95% CI [-.28, -.15]). LIMITATIONS: All available studies used a cross-sectional design thus hampering the possibility to establish the direction of the association between problematic Facebook use and psychological distress and well-being. CONCLUSIONS: Results are discussed within the extant literature on problematic Facebook use and future research directions are proposed. This research may also inform clinical and prevention interventions on problematic Facebook use.
|Keywords||Anxiety; Depression; Mental health; Meta-analysis; Problematic Facebook use; Well-being; Medical And Health Sciences; Psychology And Cognitive Sciences; Psychiatry|
|Journal||Journal of Affective Disorders|
|Journal citation||226, pp. 274-281|
|Publisher||London South Bank University|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1016/j.jad.2017.10.007|
|03 Oct 2017|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||29 Nov 2017|
|Accepted||03 Sep 2017|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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