Enacted social support on social media and subjective well-being

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Abstract

This study examines supportive interactions on Facebook to understand the role of social media use in obtaining social support and promoting psychological well-being. By assessing the amount of social support received through Facebook and by other means, this study ascertains a direct relationship between Facebook use and social support reception. Facebook use was the strongest predictor of social support reception, even stronger than the number of strong ties, although its link to life satisfaction was not significant. Findings also demonstrated that gender difference in social support reception was not found in the context of social media and that fixed Internet use had a negative association with life satisfaction, whereas mobile Internet use had no such relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2201-2221
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Communication
Volume8
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Facebook
  • Life satisfaction
  • Social media
  • Social support
  • Strong tie

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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