Investigating the Effects of Several Variables on University Students’ Social Media Addiction

Yasin Demir, Hatice Kumcağız Full Text: PDF (Türkçe)

Abstract

The aim of the study is to analyze social media addiction of university students in terms of several variables. The study sample consisted of a total of 374 students, 194 of whom were female (52%), and 180 of whom were male (48%). The students are studying at different departments at Ondokuz Mayıs University, Education Faculty. The data was collected with a Social Media Addiction Scale - Adult Form and personal information form.  In the data analysis, SPSS was used percentage, frequency, t-test, one-way variance analysis (ANOVA) and Scheffe difference tests. According to the study results, it was revealed that the participant students’ social media addiction did not differ in terms of gender. The students with higher academic success had a lower level of social media addiction. The students who spent a lot of time on social media and the ones who made use of it for downloading video/music were found to possess higher level of social media addiction. Also, it was found that the participants who expressed that they are harmed from social media use are significantly higher than those who expressed they are unharmed. The results were discussed in the light of the literature and some suggestions were made.

 


Keywords: Social media, social media addiction university students