Facebook addiction among Polish undergraduate students: validity of measurement and relationship with personality and well-being

Paweł Atroszko , Julia Maria Balcerowska , Piotr Bereznowski , Adriana Biernatowska , Ståle Pallesen , Cecilie Schou Andreassen


Facebook addiction has been suggested as a potential behavioral addiction emerging from the framework of the theory and research on social networking sites addiction and Internet addiction. Previous studies showed that Facebook addiction is related to specific personality traits and well-being. However, there is still a scarcity of studies showing the relative contribution of different personality characteristics to Facebook addiction within an integrated model. In addition, few studies have investigated the unique contribution of Facebook addiction in terms of explaining different facets of well-being above and beyond personality characteristics previously shown to be related to psychosocial functioning. The present study demonstrates validation of the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale (BFAS) in the sample of Polish students and a tentative integrated model of potential Facebook addiction personality risk factors. BFAS was administered to 1157 students. In addition, participants were asked about demographic variables, and personality traits (Big Five, self-esteem, self-efficacy, narcissism), loneliness, social anxiety, and well-being indicators were measured. BFAS had acceptable fit with the data and demonstrated good reliability. The investigated model showed that Facebook addiction was related to higher extraversion, narcissism, loneliness, social anxiety, and lower general self-efficacy. Facebook addiction was further related to impoverished well-being (impaired general health, decreased sleep quality, and higher perceived stress), which is congruent with previous findings.
Author Paweł Atroszko (FSS / IPsych / DPS)
Paweł Atroszko,,
- Division of Psychometrics and Statistics
, Julia Maria Balcerowska (FSS / IPsych)
Julia Maria Balcerowska,,
- Institute of Psychology
, Piotr Bereznowski (FSS / IPsych)
Piotr Bereznowski,,
- Institute of Psychology
, Adriana Biernatowska (FSS / IPsych)
Adriana Biernatowska,,
- Institute of Psychology
, Ståle Pallesen
Ståle Pallesen,,
, Cecilie Schou Andreassen
Cecilie Schou Andreassen,,
Journal seriesComputers in Human Behavior, ISSN 0747-5632, (A 40 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets1.8
Keywords in EnglishFacebook addiction, health, personality, scale, social anxiety, stress
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology; 1709 Human-Computer Interaction; 1201 Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
URL https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2018.04.001
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)40
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ScoreMinisterial score = 40.0, 28-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 9; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 2.245; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 3.536 (2) - 2017=4.417 (5)
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