Morningness-eveningness and problematic online activities

Rigó, A., Tóth-Király, I., Magi, A., Eisinger, A., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Demetrovics, Z., 2023. Morningness-eveningness and problematic online activities. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874

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Online activities and problematic online behaviors have recently emerged as important research topics. However, only a few studies have explored the possible associations between these behaviors and morningness-eveningness. The authors examined whether eveningness predicts these distinct problematic online behaviors differently and directly or via mediators. The associations between eveningness and three different problematic online behaviors (problematic Internet use, problematic online gaming, and problematic social media use) were explored among a large sample of Hungarian young adults (N = 1729, 57.2% female, Mage = 22.01, SDage = 1.97) by using a self-report survey. Depression and the time spent engaging in online activities were assessed as possible mediators. The effects of age and sex were controlled for. Using structural equation modeling, the results supported the association between eveningness and the higher risk for all three problematic online behaviors and highlighted that these associations were mediated by depressive mood and time spent on the activities. In addition, eveningness also predicted PIU directly. Eveningness is a risk factor for problematic online behaviors not only because of the higher amount of time spent on the activities but also because of the worse mood associated with eveningness. The results highlight that it is important to examine the different types of online activity separately and explore the role of diverse risk factors, among them morningness-eveningness.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Rigó, A., Tóth-Király, I., Magi, A., Eisinger, A., Griffiths, M.D. and Demetrovics, Z.
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Date: 17 February 2023
ISSN: 1557-1874
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Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 20 Feb 2023 14:58
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2023 14:58

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