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Volume 10 , Issue 6 , November 2021 , Pages: 178 - 183
The Influence of Problematic Mobile Social Media Use on Adolescent Empathy and the Moderating Effect of Peer Attachment
Yun Luo, School of Education, Zhaoqing University, Zhaoqing, China
Yan Jiang, Psychological Counseling Center, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China
Received: Dec. 9, 2021;       Accepted: Dec. 20, 2021;       Published: Dec. 24, 2021
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajap.20211006.17        View        Downloads  
Abstract
Previous studies have found that the use of social media has an impact on adolescents’ empathy. For example, uploading photos on WeChat, playing online games, and establishing two-way communication enable teenagers to have greater emotional support and can effectively reduce social anxiety, depression, and loneliness as well as enhance intimacy and happiness. To explore the influence of problematic mobile social media use on teenagers’ empathy and the role of peer attachment in their relationship. In this study, the mobile social media use of 1,157 adolescents was measured through an adolescent problematic mobile social media use assessment questionnaire, an interpersonal response index questionnaire, and an adolescent peer attachment questionnaire. According to the theory of emotional sharing, a regulatory model was constructed, and the following conclusions were drawn: (1) problematic mobile social media use is significantly positively correlated with adolescents’ empathy and peer attachment, between which there is a significant positive correlation; and (2) peer attachment plays a moderating role in the relationship between problematic mobile social media use and empathy. When peer communication is high, the positive predictive effect of problematic mobile social media use on empathy is enhanced. The concrete manifestation is that, For low peer attachment individuals, regardless of whether teenagers use mobile social media more or less, they have lower empathy scores, while for high peer attachment individuals, regardless of the mobile social media use, they have higher empathy scores. This result shows that high peer communication can increase teenagers' empathy ability.
Keywords
Problematic Mobile Social Media Use, Adolescent, Empathy, Peer Attachment
To cite this article
Yun Luo, Yan Jiang, The Influence of Problematic Mobile Social Media Use on Adolescent Empathy and the Moderating Effect of Peer Attachment, American Journal of Applied Psychology. Vol. 10, No. 6, 2021, pp. 178-183. doi: 10.11648/j.ajap.20211006.17
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