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Published: 2022-06-10

Social Media Addiction, Social Comparison and Counterproductive Work Behaviour

University of Bucharest
counterproductive work behavior social media addiction social comparison


The present study aims to identify the relationships between social media addiction, counterproductive behaviours encountered in the workplace and the mediating role of social comparison in relation to them, while also looking at the predisposition of socio-demographic aspects towards the manifestation of counterproductive behaviours. The study involved 263 participants aged 19-70 years, M = 39.37, AS = 13.89, of whom 60 were men (23%) and 203 were women (77%). The instruments used were the Bergen Social Media Addiction Scale, the Iowa-Netherlands Comparison Orientation Measure and the Counterproductive Work Behavior Checklist. Results indicate that social media addiction is positively associated with organizationally oriented counterproductive behavior, but is not a predictor for person-oriented behavior. Also, the level of social comparison only mediates the relationship between social media addiction and organizationally oriented counterproductive behavior, not person-oriented counterproductive behavior, although it enhances both relationships. The study findings indicate that social comparison process intensifies underlying relationships and emphasizes the need to combat predictors of counterproductive behavior in the workplace, thus implying the need for future studies on the topic in the Romanian labor field.


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How to Cite

Leucă, I.-D. (2022). Social Media Addiction, Social Comparison and Counterproductive Work Behaviour. Studia Doctoralia, 13(1), 50–68.