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IJIET 2016 Vol.6(6): 465-469 ISSN: 2010-3689
DOI: 10.7763/IJIET.2016.V6.733

Facebook Addiction among Malaysian Students

Hosein Jafarkarimi, Alex Tze Hiang Sim, Robab Saadatdoost, and Jee Mei Hee

Abstract—In recent years, Social Networking Sites (SNSs) have become a major communication vehicle in all societies. Facebook has become the most popular social networking site with more than 2.2 billion users. The pleasure that Facebook has brought has led to some addictive behavior among its users. This study employed the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale to investigate Facebook addiction among students. In this study, we selected a sample of 441 students in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia as respondents. Results show that 47% of the participants were addicted to Facebook. This ratio is almost the same among postgraduate and undergraduate students, and interestingly, among Malaysian and non-Malaysian. Much speculated factors such as religion, level of income, ego strength and locus of control do not show significant influence on the risk of Facebook addiction. Lastly, the results suggest that as people spend more time on Facebook, there is a greater chance of addiction.

Index Terms—Facebook addiction, social networking sites, students.

H. Jafarkarimi is with Univeristi Teknologi Malaysia. He is also with Department of Computer, Damavand Branch, Islamic Azad University, Damavand, Iran (e-mail: hoseinkarimi@gmail.com).
A. Sim is with the Department of Information Systems, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia.
R. Saadatdoost is with the Department of Computer and Information Technology, Parand Branch, Islamic Azad University, Parand, Iran.
J. Hee is with the Department of Educational Foundation and Social Science, Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia.


Cite: Hosein Jafarkarimi, Alex Tze Hiang Sim, Robab Saadatdoost, and Jee Mei Hee, "Facebook Addiction among Malaysian Students," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 6, no. 6, pp. 465-469, 2016.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
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