Author: Umar Fayyaz
Supervisor: Adeela Khalid
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The purpose of the current study was to determine the relationship between Social Networking sites and its effect on Psychological and Social Functioning in university students. Hypotheses of the study were that use of social networking sites will likely to be negatively correlated with the Psychological Functioning of the University Students, Use of Social Networking Sites will likely to be negatively correlated with Social Functioning of the University Students, There is likely to be a relationship present between GPA and time spent on Social Networking Sites and Gender Difference are likely to be present in use of Social Networking Sites, Psychological and Social Functioning. The sample consisted of 174 participant’s age ranging from 19 to 24 years with mean age of male students as 20.90 and mean age of female students as 20.64. The sample was gathered from different private and government sector universities of Lahore. Cross sectional research design with purposive sampling was used in the research- The tools that were used in research were Depression Anxiety Stress Scale-21 (Antony, 1998) Social Functioning Scale by Birchwood (MacMillan, 1990) and Social Networking Questionnaire which was developed by the researcher on the basis of relevant literature about domain specific areas. Independent sample t-test was used to see differences among males and females on Depression, Anxiety and Independence Competence. Correlation Analysis was run to see the relationship between time given to social networking sites, GPA in the last semester and domains of Psychological and Social Functioning. It was revealed that Depression and Anxiety were more prevalent in males as compared to females. Use of Social Networking sites and GPA in the last semester were negatively correlated with Depression and Anxiety where as Social Activities were positively correlated with recreational activities. Independence competence was also positively correlated with independence performance.
Keywords: Social Networking Sites, Psychological and Social Functioning.
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