Computer-Mediated Communication Use among Adolescents and Its Implication for Psychological Need Satisfaction

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This study uses a combination of two frameworks which are Self-Determination Theory and Uses and Gratification Theory. Both theories have been applied in a variety of disciplines from psychology to media studies. Specifically, the SDT is concerned primarily with the satisfaction of three psychological needs are essential nutrients for well-being and self-initiated actions. These needs consist of: a) autonomy, refers to human agency or volition for one’s action and decision (b) competence, refers to a sense of mastery and self-proficiency in order to interact effectively with one’s world, and (c) relatedness, refers to the feelings of being cared for, likened, and valued by other individuals. Thus, each of these three needs is necessary for …show more content…
This study uses a combination of two frameworks which are Self-Determination Theory and Uses and Gratification Theory. Both theories have been applied in a variety of disciplines from psychology to media studies. Specifically, the SDT is concerned primarily with the satisfaction of three psychological needs are essential nutrients for well-being and self-initiated actions. These needs consist of: a) autonomy, refers to human agency or volition for one’s action and decision (b) competence, refers to a sense of mastery and self-proficiency in order to interact effectively with one’s world, and (c) relatedness, refers to the feelings of being cared for, likened, and valued by other individuals. Thus, each of these three needs is necessary for well-being; healthful human functioning, vitality, and positive affect are the most likely consequences when these needs are satiated. On the contrary, poor health, depression, and low self-esteem are expected to ensue if these needs are thwarted.

A further claim that is that all three needs are universally required for everyone regardless of culture and context variability. Perceived need satisfaction in any specific behavior is usually regarded as a critical indicator of an individual to persevere his or her behavior. Although psychological needs are important, the satisfaction of the psychological needs is by no means considered to be automatic, but is gained through one’s social contexts. Those who are feeling fulfilled in their
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