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

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

    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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