Psychological Constructs of Self-Efficacy and Narcissism As predictors of Facebook use in adolescent’s across variables

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Kealy, Nicole
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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Since its humble beginnings in February 1994, the Facebook platform has exploded and grown rapidly in both number of users and methods of interaction. This study firstly examined the differences in participants between gender, boarding status and origin (domestic/international) on the psychological constructs of self-efficacy and narcissism. It then proceeded to examine Facebook use in relation to these variables and predictors. It was reported that none of the predictor variables were found to predict Facebook use. Of all the predictor’s self-efficacy was found to be the higher predictor of Facebook use however, this was not found to be statistically significant. Limitations of the study were discussed along with the limitations of measures and scales currently in place to measure Facebook use. The need for standardised measures to aid with inconsistent findings across research studies was discussed. And extensive and comprehensive future research using standardised measures was called for. Author keywords: Self-efficacy, Narcissism, Facebook, Gender, Boarding status