Background of the study
Internet is a very important communication and information sharing tool in education, work and human life. The Internet that is easily accessible with the increase in technological opportunities is presented to the users as freedom in terms of facility in information access, communication and socialising and as an individual that does whatever it wants. The positive and negative results that the Internet use may lead are related to the reasons and aims of using the Internet (Bayraktutan, 2005).In a study on young adults, it is observed that the Internet users start to use the Internet for information and news purposes and that their time of use decreases in the case that the websites that lead to addiction such as chat and game pages are filtered which means the access is blocked (Günüç and Kayri, 2008). People post their daily thoughts on the social media, they can discuss on these thoughts and put forward new ideas. In addition, they can share various photographs and videos together with personal information, they can look for jobs and they can even find one as well as living the real word in the virtual environment without getting bored. This situation directs all the attention to this field day by day and draws a new conceptual frame for the renewed virtual world. The Internet used as a source of information and communication appears as an addiction for some people. They can comfortably express the relationships that they cannot have in the real world and the feelings or thoughts that they cannot express in the Internet environment. The use of the social media that became an addiction of the virtual environment users of today addresses the social demands of broad masses from all cultures and all communities as well as being in the focus point of the criticizers of the social media environment. The development of new communication environments and the increase in the interest of all communities in the information and communication technologies increase the popularity of the social media and add a new dimension to the concept of socialising.
It is observed that the relationship between the use of the social media by people and the loneliness and depression increases day by day. The main aim of this study is to examine the loneliness, depression and use of the social media by university students with different variables. It is investigated whether the relationship between the use of the social media by university students and the loneliness and depression differ in terms of variables such as age, gender, socio-economic situation of the family.
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