Loneliness, anxiousness, and substance use as predictors of Facebook use

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    Apr 14, 2013 2:45 PM GMT
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563212003317

    Abstract:
    This study investigates the relationships between loneliness, anxiousness, alcohol, and marijuana use in the prediction of freshman college students’ connections with others on the social network site Facebook as well as their emotional connectedness to Facebook. A survey of 229 respondents was conducted at a mid-sized public university to examine these relationships. Respondents were currently living in university dormitories and had an active Facebook account. The study examined the aforementioned predictor variables in relation to Facebook connections strategies and emotional connectedness to Facebook. Results showed that anxiousness, alcohol use, and marijuana use predicted emotional attachment to Facebook. Additionally, loneliness and anxiousness, but not alcohol or marijuana use, predicted individuals’ connections with others using Facebook. The current study adds to the growing body of literature investigating predictors of why individuals become emotionally attached to Facebook and the precursors to connecting with others on Facebook.
  • calibro

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    Apr 14, 2013 3:07 PM GMT
    i wonder what the authors of the study could conclude about the people who start threads on rj...
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    Apr 14, 2013 3:13 PM GMT
    calibro saidi wonder what the authors of the study could conclude about the people who start threads on rj...


    Yeah but I feel like the same authors would likely gather more interest from conducting a study that explores the commonality in psychology behind negative Nancies to be found in online communities like this.
  • calibro

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    Apr 14, 2013 3:53 PM GMT
    stevee90 said
    calibro saidi wonder what the authors of the study could conclude about the people who start threads on rj...


    Yeah but I feel like the same authors would likely gather more interest from conducting a study that explores the commonality in psychology behind negative Nancies to be found in online communities like this.


    minus a 1000 points for using "negative nancy"
  • calibro

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    Apr 14, 2013 7:30 PM GMT
    Unintended said
    stevee90 said
    calibro saidi wonder what the authors of the study could conclude about the people who start threads on rj...


    Yeah but I feel like the same authors would likely gather more interest from conducting a study that explores the commonality in psychology behind negative Nancies to be found in online communities like this.


    "Negative" forum trolls invariably have a Cluster-B Personality Disorder.


    cluster-c people shouldn't diagnose
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    Apr 14, 2013 9:55 PM GMT
    Unintended said
    stevee90 said
    calibro saidi wonder what the authors of the study could conclude about the people who start threads on rj...


    Yeah but I feel like the same authors would likely gather more interest from conducting a study that explores the commonality in psychology behind negative Nancies to be found in online communities like this.


    "Negative" forum trolls invariably have a Cluster-B Personality Disorder.


    Couldn't agree more - he fits right into the category under Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • barriehomeboy

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    Apr 14, 2013 11:52 PM GMT
    Maybe he's just lonely and this is his way of reaching out. ?
  • kevmoran

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    Apr 15, 2013 1:55 AM GMT
    I would take this with a grain of salt.

    Loneliness, substance abuse, and Facebook obsessions relate to 99% of college freshmen, with anxiousness slightly less common, but social anxiety is most common in our age group. I'd say this isn't a fair study.
  • LJay

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    Apr 15, 2013 2:04 AM GMT
    Reading the abstract makes me think someone felt considerable pressure to be published.