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When Facebook is easier than face-to-face: Social support derived from Facebook in socially anxious individuals

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Indian, M and Grieve, R, When Facebook is easier than face-to-face: Social support derived from Facebook in socially anxious individuals, Personality and Individual Differences, 59 pp. 102-106. ISSN 0191-8869 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Elsevier Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.paid.2013.11.016

Abstract

While the psychological benefits of social support are well-established, it is also clear that for many socially anxious individuals, engaging with face-to-face social networks is problematic. This research examined whether social support derived from an online social network (Facebook) had incremental value in predicting subjective well-being over and above offline social support in socially anxious and non-socially anxious individuals. Individuals with high (N = 105) and low (N = 194) social anxiety completed measures of perceived social support, perceived social support derived from Facebook, and subjective well-being. For the high social anxiety group, Facebook social support explained a significant amount of additional variance in subjective well-being, with offline social support failing to contribute significantly to the model. For the low social anxiety group, Facebook social support did not explain any variance in well-being over and above offline social support. Possible implications of the utility of Facebook for socially anxious individuals are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:social anxiety, social support, social networking sites, Facebook, Facebook social support
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Social and Community Psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Author:Grieve, R (Dr Rachel Grieve)
ID Code:88007
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:28
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2014-01-06
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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