Social media addiction and sexual dysfunction among Iranian women: the mediating role of intimacy and social support

Alimoradi, Z., Lin, C.-Y., Imani, V., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Pakpour, A.H., 2019. Social media addiction and sexual dysfunction among Iranian women: the mediating role of intimacy and social support. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 8 (2), pp. 318-325. ISSN 2062-5871

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Background and aims: Social media use has become increasingly popular among Internet users. Given the
widespread use of social media on smartphones, there is an increasing need for research examining the impact
of the use of such technologies on sexual relationships and their constructs such as intimacy, satisfaction, and sexual function. However, little is known about the underlying mechanism why social media addiction impacts on sexual distress. This study investigated whether two constructs (intimacy and perceived social support) were mediators in the association of social media addiction and sexual distress among married women.

Methods: A prospective study was conducted where all participants (N = 938; mean age = 36.5 years) completed the Bergen Social Media Addiction Scale to assess social media addiction, the Female Sexual Distress Scale – Revised to assess sexual distress, the Unidimensional Relationship Closeness Scale to assess intimacy, and the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support to assess perceived social support. Results: The results showed that social media addiction had direct and indirect (via intimacy and perceived social support) effects on sexual function and sexual distress.

Discussion and conclusions: The findings of this study facilitate a better understanding of how problematic engaging to social media can affect couples’ intimacy, perceived social support, and constructs of sexual function. Consequently, sexual counseling should be considered an essential element for assessing individual behaviors in the context of social media use.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
Creators: Alimoradi, Z., Lin, C.-Y., Imani, V., Griffiths, M.D. and Pakpour, A.H.
Publisher: Akadémiai Kiadó
Date: June 2019
Volume: 8
Number: 2
ISSN: 2062-5871
Rights: © 2019 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium for non-commercial purposes, provided the original author and source are credited, a link to the CC License is provided, and changes – if any – are indicated.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 29 May 2019 10:53
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2020 14:13

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