Essay on Facebook Addiction

2824 Words Mar 16th, 2015 12 Pages
Asian Social Science; Vol. 10, No. 6; 2014
ISSN 1911-2017 E-ISSN 1911-2025

Published by Canadian Center of Science and Education

Addictive Facebook Use among University Students

Zeinab Zaremohzzabieh1, Bahaman Abu Samah1, Siti Zobidah Omar1, Jusang Bolong1 & Nurul Akhtar Kamarudin1

1 Institute for Social Science Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Correspondence: Zeinab Zaremohzzabieh, Institute for Social Science Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia. Tel: 60-3-8947-1852. E-mail:

Received: October 27, 2013 Accepted: January 16, 2014 Online Published: February 26, 2014

doi:10.5539/ass.v10n6p107 URL:
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It is believed that the findings of this study would help other Facebook researchers by contributing to the limited academic literature in this area.

Keywords: addictive behavior, social networks, social network addiction, Facebook addiction, university students

1. Introduction

Social network sites like Facebook has become a global phenomenon and being one of the greatest importance means of communication. Today, more than 68.5% of young adults and teenagers use Facebook on a regular basis (Kuss & Griffiths, 2011). Facebook was developed in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, who was a Harvard University undergraduate at the time. Originally, membership was limited to Harvard students (2009) among whom the adoption rate was quite high (between 85 and 96%) (Lampe, Ellison, & Steinfield, 2006; Salaway, Caruso, & Nelson, 2008; Stutzman, 2009; Tufekci, 2008). However, by 2006, the platform was opened up to the world, and anyone aged 13 or older, with a valid email address, was allowed to join. Facebook is basically an online social network site in which users can share thoughts, ideas, pictures and other content with friends and family members, and to connect with either former or new friends, making the platform very popular with university students (Alexander, 2006; Boyd & Ellison, 2008; Ellison, Steinfield, & Lampe, 2007; Golder, Wilkinson, & Huberman, 2007; Joinson, 2008; Lampe et al., 2006; Luckin et al., 2009; Raacke & Bonds-Raacke, 2008;

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