Facebook Addiction and Depression: A Comparative Study of Gender Differences
The social networking is the high priority media sites in the present era. Among the social networking media sites, Facebook has gained a high popularity in youth. Therefore the aim of the study is to investigate the relationship between Facebook addiction and depression of the students and to identify the gender differences in the depression due to Facebook addiction. The sample consists of 200 students from different colleges and universities in Peshawar selected through purposive sampling. Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale (BFAS) and Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II) were used for data collection. The results showed that level of depression is high among Facebook addicts than in normal Facebook users. Analysis showed a significant positive correlation between Facebook addiction and depression among students but a non-significant gender difference in the depression level of addicts was indicated.