Social Media and Loneliness - Forever connected?


  •  Roman Yavich    
  •  Nitza Davidovitch    
  •  Zeev Frenkel    

Abstract

Young adults’ use of social media has soared in recent years, and the many hours that young adults now spend in front of screens replace time spent in face-to-face interactions. Previous studies indicate that the unique features of social media offer advantages to adolescents compared with other communications media. Today, the fact that young adults spend a significant part of their social lives spent on social media and forums triggers an important question that interests educators and therapists about whether presence in the digital world offers an adequate sense of social belonging and mitigates the feeling of loneliness that young adults occasionally experience. Using self-report questionnaires, this study examined associations between reported Facebook usage patterns and loneliness among Ariel University students. The hypotheses of this study, predicting an association between social media usage and loneliness, were not supported, in contrast to findings of previous studies.



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  • ISSN(Print): 1925-4741
  • ISSN(Online): 1925-475X
  • Started: 2011
  • Frequency: quarterly

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