Being young and feeling blue in Taiwan: Examining adolescent depressive mood and online and offline activities

Jennie M. Hwang, Pauline Cheong, Thomas Hugh Feeley

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This study investigates the relationship between Taiwanese adolescents' depressive mood and their self-reported online and offline activities. The results indicate that adolescents who reported higher depressive mood were more likely to use the internet to make friends and express feelings compared to those who were lower in depressive mood. Teens higher in depressive mood reported to have fewer individuals in their immediate social network to speak with, either online or offline, when feeling blue. Hierarchical linear regression analysis shows that adolescents higher in depressive mood reported to engage in more online activities in the areas of communication, entertainment and information seeking. Further, a positive relationship between depressive mood and participation in risk behaviors is identified. These findings shed light on earlier studies that focus predominantly on US internet users, suggesting that the role that the internet plays for youths with depressive mood may vary by cultural context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1101-1121
Number of pages21
JournalNew Media and Society
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009



  • Adolescence
  • Culture
  • Depressive mood
  • Internet use
  • Risk behaviors
  • Stigma
  • Taiwan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

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