Manipal Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences



As a quintessential part of our routine life, social media users are projecting the success or their achievements to potentially large virtual onlookers to obtain visible recognitions through positive comments from other social media users.

Objective: The objective was to determine the relationship between social media addiction and self-esteem among college students.

Methods: A correlative survey was conducted among 658-degree college students from selected colleges. Prior to the study, administrative permissions were obtained from the colleges which were selected by using simple random sampling technique. The Social Media Addiction scale, Rosenberg’s self-esteem scale, and Background proforma were used for data collection.

Result: The most used (97.3%) social media applications was WhatsApp followed by Facebook and Instagram. Among 658 students, 9.3% were severely addicted to social media though the majority (50%) had normal self-esteem. A weak negative correlation (r = -0.08, p ˂ 0.05) was found between social media addiction and self-esteem.

Conclusion: Once started as a platform for communication, now social media has become the superabundant part of our life. This ranges from kids, adults to an elderly population where the most prolific users are young adults. The impelling force of various social media platforms over the young adults and to their mental health are somehow concerning. It may be a debatable statement if social media is a blessing in disguise or not.

Keywords: social media, social media addiction, self-esteem.

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