Mediating role of positivity in the relationship between state anxiety and problematic social media use during the COVID-19 pandemic


Arpaci I., Karatas K., Kiran F., KUŞCİ İ. , Topcu A.

DEATH STUDIES, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

Abstract

This study investigated the mediating role of positivity in the relationship between state anxiety and problematic social media use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Positivity Scale, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, and Bergen Social Media Addiction Scale were used to collect data from 834 social media users. SEM-based mediation analysis was used to test hypothesized relationships. Results indicated that positivity has a direct negative effect on problematic social media use. Furthermore, the results indicated that state anxiety has a direct negative effect on positivity and state anxiety has a direct positive effect on problematic social media use. Positivity significantly mediates the relationship between state anxiety and problematic social media use.