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

Death Stud. 2022;46(10):2287-2297. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2021.1923588. Epub 2021 May 14.

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.

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety
  • Behavior, Addictive*
  • COVID-19*
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Social Media*