A longitudinal study of the effects of internet use on subjective well-being

Dario Paez, Gisela Delfino, Salvador Vargas-Salfate, James H. Liu, Homero Gil De Zúñiga, Sammyh Khan, Maite Garaigordobil

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This study examined how internet use is related to subjective well-being, using longitudinal data from 19 nations with representative online samples stratified for age, gender, and region (N = 7122, 51.43% women, Mage= 45.26). Life satisfaction and anxiety served as indices of subjective well-being at time 1 (t1) and then six months later (t2). Frequency of internet use (hours online per day) at t1 correlated with lower life satisfaction, r = –.06, and more anxiety, r =.13 at t2. However, after imposing multivariate controls, frequency of internet use (t1) was no longer associated with lower subjective well-being (t2). Frequency of social contact by internet and use of internet for following rumors (t1) predicted higher anxiety (t2). Higher levels of direct (face-to-face plus phone) social contact (t1) predicted greater life satisfaction (t2). In multivariate analyses, all effect sizes were small. Society-level individualism-collectivism or indulgence-restraint did not show a direct effect on outcomes nor moderate individual-level associations. Results are discussed in the framework of the internet as a displacement of social contact versus a replacement of deficits in direct contact; and as a source of positive and negative information.

Idioma originalEnglish
PublicaciónMedia Psychology
DOI
EstadoPublished - 1 ene 2019

Huella dactilar

Internet
Longitudinal Studies
longitudinal study
well-being
social relations
Anxiety
anxiety
rumor
collectivism
individualism
deficit
Multivariate Analysis
time
contact
gender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Applied Psychology

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Paez, Dario ; Delfino, Gisela ; Vargas-Salfate, Salvador ; Liu, James H. ; Gil De Zúñiga, Homero ; Khan, Sammyh ; Garaigordobil, Maite. / A longitudinal study of the effects of internet use on subjective well-being. En: Media Psychology. 2019.
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