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College students' cyberloafing and the sense of meaning of life: The mediating role of state anxiety and the moderating role of psychological flexibility.
Front Public Health. 2022; 10:905699.FP

Abstract

Background

With the gradual penetration of network media into various fields of people's life, the relationship between network behavior and the sense of meaning of life is bound to be closer and closer. The purpose of this study is to explore the mediating role of state anxiety between cyber loafing and the sense of meaning of life, and the moderating role of psychological flexibility in this mediating relationship.

Methodology

With 964 undergraduates recruited as subjects three-wave-time-lagged quantitative research design was conducted in China. All participants were required to complete a self-reported electronic questionnaire. Then, the mediating mechanism and moderating effect were explored with utilization of SPSS25.0.

Results

The results showed that cyberloafing had significant negative correlation with the sense of meaning of life. Our analysis testing the mediating effect showed that state anxiety partially mediated the relationship between cyberloafing and the sense of meaning of life (indirect effect = -0.05, p < 0.01,), while the mediating effect was 31.25% of the total effect. Our analysis testing the moderating effect showed that psychological flexibility significantly moderated the relationship between cyberloafing and state anxiety (interaction effect = -0.26, p < 0.01). And our analysis testing the moderated mediating effect showed that psychological flexibility played a moderating role in the mediating effect of state anxiety.

Conclusion

Based on the findings of this study, college students' cyberloafing negatively affects their sense of meaning of life. Therefore, appropriate measures should be taken to supervise and restrict college students' Internet use and provide them with corresponding guidance; certain psychological adjustment measures should also be taken when necessary to help college students with low psychological flexibility in reducing their state anxiety and improving their sense of meaning of life.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Marxism, Communication University of Zhejiang, Hangzhou, China.School of Business Administration, Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou, China.Office of Academic Research, Zhejiang Gongshang University Hangzhou College of Commerce, Hangzhou, China.Hangzhou Zhongxing Hospital, Hangzhou, China.School of Business Administration, Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou, China.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

35958850

Citation

Li, Qing, et al. "College Students' Cyberloafing and the Sense of Meaning of Life: the Mediating Role of State Anxiety and the Moderating Role of Psychological Flexibility." Frontiers in Public Health, vol. 10, 2022, p. 905699.
Li Q, Xia B, Zhang H, et al. College students' cyberloafing and the sense of meaning of life: The mediating role of state anxiety and the moderating role of psychological flexibility. Front Public Health. 2022;10:905699.
Li, Q., Xia, B., Zhang, H., Wang, W., & Wang, X. (2022). College students' cyberloafing and the sense of meaning of life: The mediating role of state anxiety and the moderating role of psychological flexibility. Frontiers in Public Health, 10, 905699. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.905699
Li Q, et al. College Students' Cyberloafing and the Sense of Meaning of Life: the Mediating Role of State Anxiety and the Moderating Role of Psychological Flexibility. Front Public Health. 2022;10:905699. PubMed PMID: 35958850.
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TY - JOUR T1 - College students' cyberloafing and the sense of meaning of life: The mediating role of state anxiety and the moderating role of psychological flexibility. AU - Li,Qing, AU - Xia,Bingnan, AU - Zhang,Huijia, AU - Wang,Wei, AU - Wang,Xiaochen, Y1 - 2022/07/26/ PY - 2022/03/27/received PY - 2022/06/30/accepted PY - 2022/8/12/entrez PY - 2022/8/13/pubmed PY - 2022/8/16/medline KW - college students KW - cyberloafing KW - psychological flexibility KW - state anxiety KW - the sense of meaning of life SP - 905699 EP - 905699 JF - Frontiers in public health JO - Front Public Health VL - 10 N2 - Background: With the gradual penetration of network media into various fields of people's life, the relationship between network behavior and the sense of meaning of life is bound to be closer and closer. The purpose of this study is to explore the mediating role of state anxiety between cyber loafing and the sense of meaning of life, and the moderating role of psychological flexibility in this mediating relationship. Methodology: With 964 undergraduates recruited as subjects three-wave-time-lagged quantitative research design was conducted in China. All participants were required to complete a self-reported electronic questionnaire. Then, the mediating mechanism and moderating effect were explored with utilization of SPSS25.0. Results: The results showed that cyberloafing had significant negative correlation with the sense of meaning of life. Our analysis testing the mediating effect showed that state anxiety partially mediated the relationship between cyberloafing and the sense of meaning of life (indirect effect = -0.05, p < 0.01,), while the mediating effect was 31.25% of the total effect. Our analysis testing the moderating effect showed that psychological flexibility significantly moderated the relationship between cyberloafing and state anxiety (interaction effect = -0.26, p < 0.01). And our analysis testing the moderated mediating effect showed that psychological flexibility played a moderating role in the mediating effect of state anxiety. Conclusion: Based on the findings of this study, college students' cyberloafing negatively affects their sense of meaning of life. Therefore, appropriate measures should be taken to supervise and restrict college students' Internet use and provide them with corresponding guidance; certain psychological adjustment measures should also be taken when necessary to help college students with low psychological flexibility in reducing their state anxiety and improving their sense of meaning of life. SN - 2296-2565 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/35958850/College_students'_cyberloafing_and_the_sense_of_meaning_of_life:_The_mediating_role_of_state_anxiety_and_the_moderating_role_of_psychological_flexibility_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -