Facebook addiction and impulsive decision-making
Date of Original Version
Introduction: This study examined the relationship between Facebook ‘addiction’ and impulsive decision-making. Impulsive decision-making, as measured by the delay discounting task, is associated with a number of addictions and other problem behaviors. Methods: We gave 75 students a paper-based packet including the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale to measure Facebook addiction and a delay discounting task to assess one facet of impulsivity, impulsive choice. Results: When controlling for covariates, we found that those addicted to Facebook discounted delayed rewards more quickly than their non-addicted controls. Discussion: These findings suggest that those addicted to Facebook may be more impulsive than those who are not addicted to Facebook. These results may indicate that Facebook addiction shares a core characteristic (impulsivity) with other kinds of addiction and further exploration of this area is potentially warranted.
Addiction Research and Theory
Delaney, Daniel, L. A. Stein, and Russell Gruber. "Facebook addiction and impulsive decision-making." Addiction Research and Theory 26, 6 (2018): 478-486. doi:10.1080/16066359.2017.1406482.