Facebook Addiction Among Turkish College Students: The Role of Psychological Health, Demographic, and Usage Characteristics


CYBERPSYCHOLOGY BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL NETWORKING, vol.16, no.4, pp.279-284, 2013 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier


This study explored Facebook addiction among Turkish college students and its behavioral, demographic, and psychological health predictors. The Facebook Addiction Scale (FAS) was developed and its construct validity was assessed through factor analyses. A total of 447 students reported their personal information and Facebook usage and completed the FAS and General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28). The results revealed that weekly time commitment, social motives, severe depression, and anxiety and insomnia positively predicted Facebook addiction. Neither demographic variables nor the interactions of gender by usage characteristics were found to be significant predictors.