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Seeking Social Connectedness Online and Offline: Does Happiness Require Real Contact?
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro University, Sweden.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Although online social connectedness is increasing, many assumptions about online social network use still remain. For example, that offline social connectedness is superior to online social connectedness. This cross-sectional study addresses these assumptions by studying online and offline social connectedness in relation to happiness, in a sample of 293 young adults from Sweden, between the ages 18-48. Results show that both online and offline social connectedness was associated to happiness. Moreover, three groups varying on happiness did not differ on various forms of social connectedness; however, very happy individuals reported having more genuine online friends than all other groups. The implications of the study and future directions are discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 33 p.
Keyword [en]
happiness, subjective well-being, online social networks, offline social networks, social connectedness
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-35891OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-35891DiVA: diva2:736737
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Psykologi
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Available from: 2014-08-08 Created: 2014-08-08 Last updated: 2014-08-08Bibliographically approved

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