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Social Media Addiction and Emotions During the Disaster Recovery Period? – The Moderating Role of Post-COVID Timing

Version 1 : Received: 1 February 2022 / Approved: 2 February 2022 / Online: 2 February 2022 (10:53:03 CET)

How to cite: Nur -A Yazdani, D.M.; Abir, T.; Yang, Q.; Ahmad, J.; Al Mamun, A.; Zainol, N.R.; Kakon, K.; Wang, S.; Agho, K.E. Social Media Addiction and Emotions During the Disaster Recovery Period? – The Moderating Role of Post-COVID Timing. Preprints 2022, 2022020028 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202202.0028.v1). Nur -A Yazdani, D.M.; Abir, T.; Yang, Q.; Ahmad, J.; Al Mamun, A.; Zainol, N.R.; Kakon, K.; Wang, S.; Agho, K.E. Social Media Addiction and Emotions During the Disaster Recovery Period? – The Moderating Role of Post-COVID Timing. Preprints 2022, 2022020028 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202202.0028.v1).

Abstract

Social media addiction has attracted the attention of researchers especially during the COVID era because negative emotions generated from the pandemic may have increased social media addiction. The present study aimed to investigate the role of negative emotions and social media addiction on health problems during and after the COVID lockdown. A survey was conducted with 2926 participants aged between 25 and 45 years. The data collection period was between 2nd September and 13th October 2020. Partial Least Square Structural Equation Modeling was conducted for data analysis by controlling the respondents' working time, leisure time, gender, education, and age. Our study showed that social media addiction and time spent on social media impact health. Interestingly, while anxiety about COVID increased social media addiction, fear about COIVD reduced social media addiction. Also, long working hours contributed most to people’s health issues, and its impact on social media addiction and hours was much higher than negative emotions, where males faced more health challenges than females. The impacts of negative emotions generated by the COVID on social media addiction and health issues should be reconsidered. Government and employers' control of people's working time stress should prioritize solving social media addiction-related issues.

Keywords

social media; addiction; anxiety; fear; health issues

Subject

BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, General Psychology

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