Date of Award

2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Babb, Kimberley

Keywords

ADHD, Facebook, Social distress, Social well-being

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The popularity of Facebook as an extension to the social lives of emerging adults has led to research examining how individuals with social impairments use the site. Social challenges are often experienced by individuals with ADHD; therefore, the present study examined the patterns of Facebook use for emerging adults with varying levels of ADHD symptoms. A total of 241 emerging adults completed online questionnaires about their level of ADHD symptoms, as well as Facebook use patterns. Higher ADHD symptoms were found to be related to using the active and communication features of Facebook, having companionship motivations, and having more responsive Facebook friends. Despite these factors being related in previous research to improved social well-being, the current study did not find evidence that any aspects of Facebook use reduced levels of social distress reported by people with higher ADHD symptoms.

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