How does online social networking enhance life satisfaction? the relationships among online supportive interaction, affect, perceived social support, sense of community, and life satisfaction

Hyun Jung Oh, Elif Ozkaya, Robert Larose

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine whether supportive interactions on social networking sites mediate the influence of SNS use and the number of SNS friends on perceived social support, affect, sense of community, and life satisfaction. Employing momentary sampling, the current study also looked at the relationship between supportive interaction and immediate affect after the interaction over a period of 5 days. An analysis of 339 adult participants revealed a positive relationship between supportive interaction and positive affect after the interaction. A path model revealed positive associations among the number of SNS friends, supportive interactions, affect, perceived social support, sense of community, and life satisfaction. Implications for the research of online social networking and social support are discussed.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages69-78
Number of pages10
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume30
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Profile

Social Networking
Social Support
Sampling
Sampling Studies
Research
Sense of Community
Life Satisfaction
Interaction

Keywords

  • Affect
  • Life satisfaction
  • Momentary sampling
  • Sense of community
  • Social networking sites
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Psychology(all)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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