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Social Media and Facebook Use and Its Accompanying Function: Implications for Counseling University Students
David A. DeLambo, Debra Homa, Robert H. Peters, Amy M. DeLambo, and Kananur V. Chandras
The majority of today’s college students are avid Facebook (FB) users. University students report their primary reasons for joining FB include: A friend suggested it; Everyone I know is on FB; It helps others to keep in touch with me; and Finding classmates (Quan-Haase &Young, 2010). These reasons in turn create a perception of social presence, which makes students more likely to join FB and interact freely using this venue (Cheung, Chiu, & Lee, & 2011; DeLambo, Homa, Peters, DeLambo, & Chandras, 2011). As with any behavior, there is a function or purpose of FB use. Understanding the potential behavioral functions of FB use can help counselors work more effectively with college students; for example, by enhancing students’ selfawareness and by implementing appropriate strategies for treatment. This article will explore the major functions of FB use by college students and accompanying implications for counseling.