Social media addiction and depression among adolescents in two Malaysian states

Victor, Stephanie Ann and Ibrahim, Muhamad Shamsul and Yusuf, Sarina and Mahmud, Norasyikin and Bahari, Khairul Azam and Yoke Ling, Loh and Abd Mubin, Nur Nadia (2024) Social media addiction and depression among adolescents in two Malaysian states. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 29 (1). ISSN 0267-3843, DOI

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Addiction to social media addiction is considered a leading risk factor for depression among adolescents, but the relationship needs to be supported empirically. This study investigates the social media addiction level and its association with depression among Malaysian adolescents. A cross-sectional study was conducted by distributing a structured questionnaire to potential respondents aged 13 to 21 years old from Johor and Sarawak. Data were analysed in SPSS using descriptive statistics, correlation, and Chi-square tests. Overall, 72.0 and 33.0 of the 384 respondents recorded high levels of social media addiction and depression, respectively. A significant and low positive relationship was detected between social media addiction and depression among adolescents. The levels of social media addiction and depression differed across age groups, gender, race, and the time spent on social media platforms. These findings reflect the need to address excessive social media usage among adolescents. © 2024 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Fundamental University [Grant no. 20200295], University Poly-Tech Malaysia [Grant no. UPTM.DVCRI.RMC.15], Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescents; Depression; Mental health; Social media addiction
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > Communication. Mass media
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2024 04:48
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2024 04:48

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