The association between Facebook addiction and depression: a pilot survey study among Bangladeshi students

Al Mamun, M.A. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2019. The association between Facebook addiction and depression: a pilot survey study among Bangladeshi students. Psychiatry Research, 271, pp. 628-633. ISSN 0165-1781

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Abstract

Social media addiction has become an area of increasing research interest over the past few years. However, there has been no previous research on social media addiction in Bangladesh. The present pilot study is the first ever in Bangladesh to examine the relationship between one specific form of social media addiction (i.e., ‘Facebook addiction’) and its associated predictors. This present study comprised 300 students from the University of Dhaka (Bangladesh) who participated in a survey that included questions relating to socio-demographics, health and behavioral measures, and the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale (BFAS), and the nine-item Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ9). The prevalence of FA was 39.7% (cutoff score was ≥18 on the BFAS). Using a regression analysis, the risk of being addicted to Facebook was predicted by being single, having less involvement in physical activities, sleep disturbance (more or less than 6 to 7 h of sleep), time spent on Facebook (≥5 h per day), and depression symptoms. Based on the sample in the present study, the risk of Facebook addiction (as assessed using the BFAS) appears to be a significant issue among Bangladeshi students, and depression to be one of the main comorbid factors.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Psychiatry Research
Creators: Al Mamun, M.A. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Elsevier Ireland
Date: January 2019
Volume: 271
ISSN: 0165-1781
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.psychres.2018.12.039DOI
S0165178118319395Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 03 Jan 2019 15:46
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2019 15:46
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35460

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