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Online networks and subjective well-being

Fabio Sabatini () and Francesco Sarracino

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: We argue that the use of online networks may threaten subjective well-being in several ways, due to the inherent attributes of Internet-mediated interaction and through its effects on social trust and sociability. We test our hypotheses on a representative sample of the Italian population. We find a significantly negative correlation between online networking and well-being. This result is partially confirmed after accounting for endogeneity. We explore the direct and indirect effects of the use of social networking sites (SNS) on well-being in a SEM analysis. We find that online networking plays a positive role in subjective well-being through its impact on physical interactions, whereas SNS use is associated with lower social trust. The overall effect of networking on individual welfare is significantly negative.

Keywords: social participation; online networks; Facebook; social trust; social capital; subjective well-being; hate speech; broadband; digital divide (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O32 O33 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hap, nep-ict, nep-ltv, nep-net, nep-soc and nep-ure
Date: 2014-08-25, Revised 2014-08-25
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