Problematic social media use and depressive symptoms among U.S. young adults: A nationally-representative study

Ariel Shensa, Cesar Escobar-Viera, Jaime Sidani, Nicholas Bowman, Michael Marshall, Brian Primack

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Abstract Rationale Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. The suggested association between social media use (SMU) and depression may be explained by the emerging maladaptive use pattern known as problematic social media use (PSMU), characterized by addictive components. Objective We aimed to assess the association between PSMU and depressive symptoms—controlling for overall time and frequency of SMU—among a large sample of U.S. young adults. Methods In October 2014, participants aged 19–32 (N = 1749) were randomly selected from a nationally-representative U.S. probability-based panel and subsequently invited to participate in an online survey. We assessed depressive symptoms using the validated Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) brief depression scale. We measured PSMU using an adapted version of the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale to encompass broader SMU. Using logistic regression models, we tested the association between PSMU and
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-157
JournalDefault journal
StatePublished - 2017

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    Shensa, A., Escobar-Viera, C., Sidani, J., Bowman, N., Marshall, M., & Primack, B. (2017). Problematic social media use and depressive symptoms among U.S. young adults: A nationally-representative study. Default journal, 150-157.