Facebook addiction associated with internet activity, depression and behavioral factors among university students of Bangladesh: A cross-sectional study

Abu Sayeed, Md Nazmul Hassan, Md Hafizur Rahman, Samer El Hayek, Md Hasan Al Banna, Trisha Mallick, Al Riaj Hasan, Amatul Elah Meem, Satyajit Kundu

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Abstract

Facebook addiction (FA) has been suggested as a potential behavioral addiction. Data about FA among university students in Bangladesh has been scarce despite being a research topic of growing interest. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of FA and its related factors amongst university students in Bangladesh. A cross-sectional study was conducted between February to March 2020 within two Bangladeshi universities (i.e., Patuakhali Science and Technology University and Barishal University) residing in the southern territory of the country. Data were collected on socio-demographic characteristics, behavioral and online activities. The Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale and the Beck Depression Inventory-21 Scale were used to access the risk of FA, and depressive symptoms of students. About 36.9% of the students were identified as at risk of Facebook addiction using 18 as the cutoff score out of 30 on the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale. The risk factors of Facebook addiction were predicted to be failure in love, having history of domestic violence, having stressful life event, sufferings from sleep disturbance (i.e., more than 8 h sleep status compared to 6–8 h normal status), spending more than 5 h daily time on Facebook, and having symptoms of depression. Future research should use longitudinal designs to identify FA contributing factors among university students in Bangladesh.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number105424
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume118
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bangladesh
  • Depression
  • Facebook addiction
  • Sleep disturbance
  • University Students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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