The Problematic Facebook Use Scale (PFUS) is a 15-item measure to understand Facebook/social media addiction. The measure comprises five subscales (a) preference for online social interactions (b) mood regulation (c) cognitive preoccupation (d) compulsive use,(e) negative outcomes. This scale is adapted from Caplan’s Generalized Problematic Internet Scale model.
Geographies Tested: Italy
Populations Included: Female, Male
Age Range: Adolescents, Adults
8-point Likert scale
Definitely disagree - 1
Definitely agree - 8
Higher scores on the scale indicate higher levels of PFU.
Marino, C., Vieno, A., Altoe, G., & Spada, M. M. (2017). Factorial validity of the Problematic Facebook Use Scale for adolescents and young adults. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 6(1), 5-10. https://doi.org/10.1556/2006.6.2017.004
Ease of Use Score
Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework
Field Expert Input
Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing