Predictive Factors of Facebook Addiction among High School Students


  • Juthamas Thongpradab Department of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Srisavarindhira Thai Red Cross Institute of Nursing
  • Amporn Nueangjaknak Department of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Srisavarindhira Thai Red Cross Institute of Nursing


Facebook addiction, fear of missing out, life-satisfaction, social media, high school students


Facebook addiction among high school students has been identified as a significant problem that needs to be solved and prevented. The purpose of this predictive correlational study was to examine the predictive factors of Facebook addiction among high school students. The sample included 200 high school students in schools under the Bangkok Metropolitan Area’s Secondary Educational Service Area Office. The sample were selected using multi-stage cluster sampling, and data were collected from July to September, 2023. The research instruments consisted of the following self-reported questionnaires: 1) socio-demographics and Facebook use, 2) fear of missing out scale, 3) satisfaction with life scale, and 4) a Thai version of the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale. Reliability was tested using Cronbach’s alpha coefficient, and reliability scores were 0.87, 0.80, and 0.86, respectively. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and stepwise linear regression analysis.

The results revealed that fear of missing out and gender significantly predicted Facebook addiction among high school students, accounting for 33.2% (R2 = 0.332, F = 48.940, p < 0.01). Thus, fear of missing out (gif.latex?\beta  = 0.517, p < 0.01) and gender (gif.latex?\beta  = - 0.236, p < 0.01) could together significantly predict Facebook addiction among high school students. Meanwhile, age and life-satisfaction were not predictive of Facebook addiction among high school students.

In conclusion, fear of missing out and gender should be developed for a program to prevent Facebook addiction.


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