Facebook Addiction, Physical Activity and Social Functioning in Young Adults

Author: Rabia Mushtaq
Supervisor: Zainab Javed & Rafia Rafique, PhD
Degree: M.Sc
Year: 2014-2016
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

The objective of the present study was to determine the relationship between Facebook Addiction and Social Functioning, mediating physical activity in Young Adults. It was hypothesized that there is a relationship between Facebook Addiction, Physical Activity and Social Functioning. Cross-sectional research design was used. Samples of 200 university students were recruited through purposive sampling technique. Facebook Addiction Scale (Andreassen, Torsheim, Brunborg & Pallesen, 2012), International Physical Activity Questionnaire (Craig, Marshall, Stro ,Bauman, Booth, Ainsworth, Ekelund, Yngve, Sallis, & Oja, 2002) and Social Functioning Scale (Kinght, Holocom& Simpson,1994) were administered. The findings of this research revealed that Facebook addiction has significant relationship with risk taking while Physical Activity has negative significant relationship with risk taking. Physical activity did not mediate the relationship between facebook addiction and social functioning and its subscales (hostility, risk taking, social support, and social desirability). Facebook addiction significantly predicted social support.

Keywords: Facebook Addiction, Social Functioning, Physical Activity, Young Adults.
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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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