Social Media Addiction, Emotional Intelligence and Social Anxiety among University Students

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Ms. Maryyam Niaz Ali
Dr. Mohsina Najeeb
Mr. Shahyan Qamar
Ms. Beenish Arshad Kayani



Social media addiction consists of communication websites that facilitate relationships between users from diverse backgrounds, resulting in a rich social structure.


The present study aims to examine the effect of social media addiction on emotional intelligence and social anxiety among university students.


The sample was selected by using a convenient sampling technique. The Sample size was 300 university students (150 boys and 150 girls), aged between 18 and 25 years. The social media addiction scale by Cengiz┼×ahin (2018), the Emotional intelligence (EI) scale by Salovey and Mayer (1990), and the social anxiety scale by psychiatrist and researcher Dr Michael R. Liebowitz were used to collect data.


The results show that social media addiction has a negative correlation with emotional intelligence and a strong positive correlation with avoiding social anxiety, fear, and social anxiety. The element of emotional intelligence is negatively associated with the rise of social media, and social anxiety is strongly correlated with the avoidance of fear and social anxiety. The independent sample t-test, mean, and standard deviation of the Study variables. Men are more social media addicted than women.


It is evident from this study that Internet Addiction is a developing issue in the younger eras. Due to this addiction, emotional behavior is also suffering. They are becoming more and more isolated from social contacts.

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Ali, M. N., Najeeb, M., Qamar, S., & Kayani, B. A. (2023). Social Media Addiction, Emotional Intelligence and Social Anxiety among University Students. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN AND SOCIETY, 3(4), 163-168. Retrieved from