Effects of loneliness and differential usage of Facebook on college adjustment of first-year students
Donghee Yvette Wohn, Northwestern University, United States ; Robert LaRose, Michigan State University, United States
Computers & Education Volume 76, Number 1, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
The popularity of social network sites (SNSs) 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. 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.
Wohn, D.Y. & LaRose, R. (2014). Effects of loneliness and differential usage of Facebook on college adjustment of first-year students. Computers & Education, 76(1), 158-167. Elsevier Ltd.