Trait emotional intelligence and problematic social media use among adults: the mediating role of social media use motives

Süral, I., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Kircaburun, K. and Emirtekin, E., 2019. Trait emotional intelligence and problematic social media use among adults: the mediating role of social media use motives. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 17 (2), pp. 336-345. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

There are many contributing factors to problematic social media use including personality differences, psychosocial factors, and specific use motivations. The present study (N = 444 emerging adults, 75% women) investigated the direct and indirect relationships between trait emotional intelligence and problematic social media use via social media use motives by testing a complex mediation model. Path analyses suggested that trait emotional intelligence was directly and indirectly associated with problematic social media use via two social media use motives: (i) expressing or presenting a more popular self, and (ii) passing time. Results of the present study indicate that trait emotional intelligence may have a role in the motives for using social media as well as the development and maintenance of problematic social media use. Moreover, future studies should focus mediator risk factors between trait emotional intelligence and problematic social media use.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Süral, I., Griffiths, M.D., Kircaburun, K. and Emirtekin, E.
Publisher: Springer New York
Date: April 2019
Volume: 17
Number: 2
ISSN: 1557-1874
Identifiers:
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10.1007/s11469-018-0022-6DOI
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Rights: © the author(s) 2018. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 15 Nov 2018 11:49
Last Modified: 07 May 2019 12:39
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/34995

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