An Exploratory Study of Problematic Facebook Use Using Qualitative Methods

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Paper presented at the Third Asian Conference of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences on 31 March 2013, in Osaka, Japan.

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  • To assess withdrawal, I asked participants how they feel when they are not able to access Facebook. If we think back to Lisa’s original quote that I read out at the beginning of the presentation, you might recall that she admitted feeling anxious when she was away from the computer. Michelle also felt this way, as she told me “I feel anxious when I cannot access Facebook, even being without a computer or Internet connection leaves me upset”. These comments clearly show that Withdrawal from Facebook does occur, and the responses from the survey also provided support for this.
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  • An Exploratory Study of Problematic Facebook Use Using Qualitative Methods

    1. 1. An exploratory study of problematic facebook use using qualitative methods Tracii Ryan, Andrea Chester, & Sophia Xenos Discipline of Psychology RMIT University, Australia
    2. 2. RMIT University© 2012 Problematic Facebook Use 2 Define problematic facebook use (PFU) Internet addiction as a theoretical basis Outline qualitative study method Key findings
    3. 3. Problematic Facebook Use 3RMIT University© 2013
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    6. 6. Problematic Facebook Use 6 Use is excessive or intrusive, to the point of causing negative impacts in the life of the user RMIT University© 2013
    7. 7. Problematic Facebook Use 7RMIT University© 2013
    8. 8. Problematic Facebook Use 8RMIT University© 2013
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    11. 11. Problematic Facebook Use 11RMIT University© 2013
    12. 12. Problematic Facebook Use 12 How does Problematic Facebook Use converge or diverge from Internet Addiction? Systematic review of Internet Addiction measures Thematic analysis to arrive at major themes RMIT University© 2013
    13. 13. Problematic Facebook Use 13 Mood Alteration Preoccupation Withdrawal Loss of Control Negative Life Consequences RMIT University© 2013
    14. 14. Problematic Facebook Use 14 Prefer Online Social Interaction Preoccupation & Loss of Control Mood Alteration Negative Life Consequences Caplan, 2010. RMIT University© 2013
    15. 15. Problematic Facebook Use 15 Preference for Online Social Interaction Mood Alteration Preoccupation Withdrawal Loss of Control Negative Life Consequences PFU Specific Issues RMIT University© 2013
    16. 16. Problematic Facebook Use 16 Questions based on IA themes Online surveys (n = 417) Focus groups (n = 15) Thematic analysis of open-ended responses RMIT University© 2013
    17. 17. Problematic Facebook Use 17 Preference for Online Social Interaction Mood Alteration Preoccupation Withdrawal Loss of Control Negative Life Consequences PFU Specific Issues RMIT University© 2013
    18. 18. Problematic Facebook Use 18 Preference for Online Social Interaction Mood Alteration Preoccupation Withdrawal Loss of Control Negative Life Consequences PFU Specific Issues RMIT University© 2013
    19. 19. Problematic Facebook Use 19RMIT University© 2013
    20. 20. Problematic Facebook Use 20 Negative Moods Anger Loneliness RMIT University© 2013
    21. 21. Problematic Facebook Use 21 Negative Moods Positive Moods Happiness Excitement RMIT University© 2013
    22. 22. Problematic Facebook Use 22 Preference for Online Social Interaction Mood Alteration Preoccupation Withdrawal Loss of Control Negative Life Consequences PFU Specific Issues RMIT University© 2013
    23. 23. Problematic Facebook Use 23RMIT University© 2013
    24. 24. Problematic Facebook Use 24 Negative Moods Anxiety Annoyance Depression RMIT University© 2013
    25. 25. Problematic Facebook Use 25 Negative Moods Disconnection Missing Out Isolated RMIT University© 2013
    26. 26. Problematic Facebook Use 26 Preference for Online Social Interaction Mood Alteration Preoccupation Withdrawal Loss of Control Negative Life Consequences PFU Specific Issues RMIT University© 2013
    27. 27. Problematic Facebook Use 27 Preference for Facebook Interaction Mood Alteration Preoccupation Withdrawal Loss of Control Negative Life Consequences PFU Specific Issues RMIT University© 2013
    28. 28. Problematic Facebook Use 28RMIT University© 2013
    29. 29. Problematic Facebook Use 29 Easier to Socialise on Facebook More Confident More Time to Respond More Intimate RMIT University© 2013
    30. 30. Problematic Facebook Use 30 Rely on Facebook for contact Easier to Socialise on Facebook Online Friends Isolation RMIT University© 2013
    31. 31. RMIT University© 2013 Problematic Facebook Use 31 Preference for Facebook Interaction Mood Alteration Preoccupation Withdrawal Loss of Control Negative Life Consequences PFU Specific Issues Enhancement Motives Disconnection Reliance on Facebook
    32. 32. Problematic Facebook Use 32RMIT University© 2013
    33. 33. An exploratory study of problematic facebook use using qualitative methods tracii.ryan@rmit.edu.au

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