Facebook Use: Its Relationship with Self-Esteem and Loneliness among Students at Chandigarh University

Authors

  • Goolnaz Mohamud Chandigarh University
  • Dr. Raskirat Kaur Chandigarh University

Keywords:

facebook usage, loneliness, self esteem, university students, university, social networking sites

Abstract

In today's digital age, social media platforms like Facebook have become essential component of millions of people's lives, particularly among student populations. Alongside, these advantages, though, there are concerns about how excessive Facebook use may affect psychological health, especially with relation to loneliness and low self-esteem. The present study was conducted to explore the relationship between Facebook, self-esteem, and loneliness levels among students at Chandigarh University. 70 participants, aged between 20 and 37 years, were recruited through online self-reported questionnaires for the study at Chandigarh University. The questionnaire comprised of the Self-Esteem Scale, the Facebook Intensity Scale, and the UCLA Loneliness Scale. Pearson’s correlation test and Linear regression analysis were used to test the hypotheses. Results of the Pearson’s correlation indicated that there was a significant negative correlation between Facebook usage and self-esteem. Also, there was a significant positive correlation between Facebook use and feelings of loneliness. Furthermore, the linear regression analysis has demonstrated that Self-esteem and loneliness were negatively related and that self-esteem significantly predicted loneliness levels in students. Through, a deeper understanding of these dynamics, educators, policymakers, and mental health professionals can develop informed strategies to support students in maintaining healthy digital habits and fostering positive mental health outcomes in the digital age.

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Published

15-03-2024

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