Is the Use of Social Networking Sites Correlated with Internet Addiction? Facebook Use Among Taiwanese College Students
The aim of this paper was to investigate the correlation between Facebook involvement and internet addiction. The authors sampled 577 university students in Taiwan and administered a survey of Facebook usage, Facebook Involvement Scale (FIS), and internet addiction scale. The FIS comprises three factors (salience, emotional support, and amusement). Results showed that the Facebook involvement scale had good reliability and validity. The correlation between Facebook involvement and internet addiction was measured at .395. This means that a higher degree of Facebook involvement indicates a greater degree of psychological dependency on the internet, and a greater propensity towards social withdrawal and other negative psychological consequences associated with internet addiction.