Boredom and problematic Facebook use in adolescents: What is the relationship considering trait or state boredom?

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Date: Feb. 2022
From: Addictive Behaviors(Vol. 125)
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Document Type: Report; Brief article
Length: 303 words

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Keywords Trait boredom; Problematic Facebook use; State boredom; Adolescents; Mediation; Indirect effect Highlights * The large majority of adolescents use Facebook. * Trait Boredom, State Boredom, and Problematic Facebook Use are inter-related. * Trait boredom has a direct effect on State boredom. * Problematic Facebook Use mediates the relationship between Trait boredom and State boredom. Abstract Boredom is an unpleasant experience caused by the lack of being engaged in satisfying activities. It can be caused by external circumstances (state boredom, SB) or by individual determinants (trait boredom, TB). Although several studies have attested the impact of boredom on adolescents' risk-taking behaviours, the relationships between boredom and problematic Facebook use (PFU), which has grown exponentially among adolescents, have not been deeply analysed to date. This study aimed at exploring a possible mechanism through which TB, PFU, and SB are related. We hypothesised and tested the mediating role of PFU in the relationship between TB and SB. Participants were 204 Italian adolescents (57% male, M.sub.age = 17.13, SD = 1.61). Analyses showed a significant positive indirect effect of TB on SB through PFU that acted as a mediator. Specifically, individual sensitivity to boredom may enhance the likelihood that teenagers employ Facebook excessively and in addictive way; in turn, PFU may enhance adolescents' situational experience of boredom. Although preliminary, findings indicate the need to further investigate the relationship between TB, PFU, and SB in youth. Author Affiliation: Department of Neuroscience, Psychology, Drug, and Child's Health, Section of Psychology, University of Florence, Florence, Italy * Corresponding author at: Department of Neuroscience, Psychology, Drug, and Child's Health, Section of Psychology, University of Florence, via di San Salvi 12 -- Padiglione 26, 50135 Firenze, Italy. Article History: Received 24 May 2021; Revised 1 October 2021; Accepted 4 October 2021 Byline: Maria Anna Donati [] (*), Carola Beccari, Caterina Primi

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