More on this theme to follow soon (danah boyd):
Effects of loneliness and differential usage of Facebook on college adjustment of first-year students. Computers & Education. 02 April 2014
- Compulsive use of Facebook is associated with lower academic motivation.
- Loneliness leads to time spent on Facebook, but not vice versa.
- Loneliness and number of Facebook friends is a curvilinear relationship.
- Time spent on Facebook is associated with negative academic performance.
The popularity of social network sites (SNS) among college students has stimulated scholarship examining the relationship between SNS use and college adjustment. The present research furthers our understanding of SNS use by studying the relationship between loneliness, varied dimensions of Facebook use, and college adjustment among first-year students. We looked at three facets of college adjustment: social adjustment, academic motivation, and perceived academic performance. Compulsive use of Facebook had a stronger association with academic motivation than habitual use of Facebook, but neither were directly correlated with academic performance. Regardless of how students were using Facebook, too much time spent on Facebook was weakly but directly associated with poorer perceived academic performance. Loneliness was a stronger indicator of college adjustment than any dimension of Facebook usage.