Prolonged Time Social Networking Usage, Sleep Quality and Psychological Wellbeing In Young Adults

Asma Safdar (BS, 2014-2018) Supervisor: Afsheen Masood, PhD

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract:

The study aimed to investigate the effect of prolonged time social networking usage and sleep quality on psychological wellbeing of young adults. It was hypothesized that there would be relationship between prolonged time social networking usage, sleep quality and psychological wellbeing of young adults and secondly it was hypothesized that prolonged time social networking usage and sleep quality were likely to predict psychological wellbeing of young adults. Cross-sectional research design was used to conduct this research. A sample of 150 young adults (both men and women) recruited through simple random sampling technique was used. The Compulsive Internet Use Scale, (CIUS; Meerkerk, Eijnden, Vermulst, & Garretsen, 2009), Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI; Buysse 1989), Mental Health Continuum Short Form (Keyes, 2007) and demographic sheet were used. The measures comprised of questionnaires were individually administered to each of the participants. Results of correlation hypothesis revealed that there was a positive relationship between sleep quality and psychological wellbeing while a prolonged time social networking usage shared a negative relationship with sleep quality and psychological wellbeing. Results of prediction hypothesis revealed that sleep quality predicted psychological wellbeing while prolonged time social networking usage did not. Using SPSS version 23, Pearson product moment correlation and hierarchical regression analyses were analyzed (operations). Gender differences were determined through independent sample t-test. Findings were discussed.

Keywords: Prolonged time social networking usage, sleep quality, psychological wellbeing, young adults.

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