Social networking sites and addiction: ten lessons learned

Kuss, D.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-8917-782X and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2017. Social networking sites and addiction: ten lessons learned. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14 (3), p. 311. ISSN 1660-4601

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Abstract

Online social networking sites (SNSs) have gained increasing popularity in the last decade, with individuals engaging in SNSs to connect with others who share similar interests. The perceived need to be online may result in compulsive use of SNSs, which in extreme cases may result in symptoms and consequences traditionally associated with substance-related addictions. In order to present new insights into online social networking and addiction, in this paper, 10 lessons learned concerning online social networking sites and addiction based on the insights derived from recent
empirical research will be presented. These are: (i) social networking and social media use are not the same; (ii) social networking is eclectic; (iii) social networking is a way of being; (iv) individuals can become addicted to using social networking sites; (v) Facebook addiction is only one example of SNS addiction; (vi) fear of missing out (FOMO) may be part of SNS addiction; (vii) smartphone addiction may be part of SNS addiction; (viii) nomophobia may be part of SNS addiction; (ix) there are sociodemographic differences in SNS addiction; and (x) there are methodological problems with research to date. These are discussed in turn. Recommendations for research and clinical applications
are provided.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Creators: Kuss, D.J. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: MDPI AG
Date: 2017
Volume: 14
Number: 3
ISSN: 1660-4601
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.3390/ijerph14030311DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 15 Mar 2017 14:34
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:13
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30393

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