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Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults

Overview of attention for article published in PLOS ONE, August 2013
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Title
Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults
Published in
PLOS ONE, August 2013
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0069841
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Authors

Ethan Kross, Philippe Verduyn, Emre Demiralp, Jiyoung Park, David Seungjae Lee, Natalie Lin, Holly Shablack, John Jonides, Oscar Ybarra

Abstract

Over 500 million people interact daily with Facebook. Yet, whether Facebook use influences subjective well-being over time is unknown. We addressed this issue using experience-sampling, the most reliable method for measuring in-vivo behavior and psychological experience. We text-messaged people five times per day for two-weeks to examine how Facebook use influences the two components of subjective well-being: how people feel moment-to-moment and how satisfied they are with their lives. Our results indicate that Facebook use predicts negative shifts on both of these variables over time. The more people used Facebook at one time point, the worse they felt the next time we text-messaged them; the more they used Facebook over two-weeks, the more their life satisfaction levels declined over time. Interacting with other people "directly" did not predict these negative outcomes. They were also not moderated by the size of people's Facebook networks, their perceived supportiveness, motivation for using Facebook, gender, loneliness, self-esteem, or depression. On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection. Rather than enhancing well-being, however, these findings suggest that Facebook may undermine it.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 24 1%
United Kingdom 13 <1%
Spain 6 <1%
Australia 6 <1%
Germany 5 <1%
Japan 4 <1%
Canada 4 <1%
France 4 <1%
Ireland 3 <1%
Other 39 2%
Unknown 1682 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 383 21%
Student > Master 299 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 273 15%
Researcher 139 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 106 6%
Other 312 17%
Unknown 278 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 576 32%
Social Sciences 259 14%
Computer Science 103 6%
Business, Management and Accounting 102 6%
Medicine and Dentistry 86 5%
Other 309 17%
Unknown 355 20%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 3363. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 July 2022.
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