Motives for using social networks and social network addiction in a time of pandemic

Cuadrado, Esther, Tabernero Urbieta, Carmen, Castillo-Mayén, Rosario, Luque, Bárbara y Moreno-Bella, Eva . (2022) Motives for using social networks and social network addiction in a time of pandemic. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 16(5), Article 3

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Título Motives for using social networks and social network addiction in a time of pandemic
Autor(es) Cuadrado, Esther
Tabernero Urbieta, Carmen
Castillo-Mayén, Rosario
Luque, Bárbara
Moreno-Bella, Eva
Materia(s) Psicología
Resumen The lockdown situation caused by COVID-19 has increased the use of social networks, which could, in turn, increase social networks addiction. This research consists of two integrated studies aimed at (1) developing and validating the Social Networks Motives Scale (SN-MotiveS) and (2) examining the relationships between the frequency of use of social networks and the motives for why individuals use social networks with social networks addiction, as well as the evolution of these variables over time before (through a retrospective assessment), during, and after lockdown. During lockdown, an online questionnaire was distributed to a sample of 482 participants (Study 1). After lockdown, 114 participants from Study 1 completed a second online questionnaire, forming a longitudinal study (Study 2). Study 1 showed a robust fit for the multifactorial structure of the SN-MotiveS with four factors (socialization, escapism, prosocial behavior, and self-presentation), supporting the external validity of the scale, and the expected correlation patterns were found with social networks frequency of use, abuse, and addiction. Study 2 showed that all the motives increased during lockdown except for self-presentation, whereas after lockdown only prosocial behavior and employment (added in Study 2) decreased significantly. Moreover, the self-presentation and escapism motives acted as mediators in the relationship between social networks frequency of use and social networks addiction. This research provides a reliable instrument to measure the motives for using social networks both during a pandemic and in normal times. In addition, it highlights the importance of paying special attention to escapism motives for predicting social networks addiction in periods of lockdown.
Palabras clave social network motives
social network addiction
lockdown
scale validation
mediation
Fecha 2022
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Identificador bibliuned:DptoPSyO-FPSI-Articulos-Emoreno-003
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DOI - identifier https://doi.org/10.5817/CP2022-5-3
ISSN - identifier 1802-7962
Nombre de la revista Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace
Número de Volumen 16
Número de Issue 5
Página inicial 3
Publicado en la Revista Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 16(5), Article 3
Idioma eng
Versión de la publicación publishedVersion
Tipo de recurso Article
Derechos de acceso y licencia http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0
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Notas adicionales The registered version of this article, first published in Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, is available online at the publisher's website: https://doi.org/10.5817/CP2022-5-3
Notas adicionales La versión registrada de este artículo, publicado por primera vez en Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, está disponible en línea en el sitio web del editor: https://doi.org/10.5817/CP2022-5-3

 
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