Facebook Use and Individual Well-Being: Like Me to Make Me Happier!

24 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2015 Last revised: 6 Nov 2018

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Alexandre Mayol

Paris School of Economics - Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

Thierry Pénard

Université de Rennes 1 - Faculte de Sciences Economiques; Armorican Mole for Research on the Information Society and Uses of the Internet; Centre de Recherche en Économie et Management (CREM)

Date Written: October 2, 2017

Abstract

This paper aims to study how Facebook use influences individual well-being. We use a survey conducted on a representative sample of 2,000 French Facebook users. Our results show that Facebook interferes with subjective well-being through its effects on friendships and self-esteem. Hence we find a positive relation between receiving a great number of Likes and comments from Facebook friends and the level of life satisfaction. By contrast, people that would like to receive more Likes tend to be more unsatisfied with their life. The latter result suggests that Facebook use can exacerbate frustration and envy. Finally, the time spent on Facebook, the intensity of online interactions as well as the number of Facebook friends have no direct impact on life satisfaction. All these findings underlines the ambivalence of Facebook use with both positive and negative psychological effects on well-being.

Keywords: Facebook, self esteem, well-being, Internet, online sociability

JEL Classification: I31

Suggested Citation

Mayol, Alexandre and Pénard, Thierry, Facebook Use and Individual Well-Being: Like Me to Make Me Happier! (October 2, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2584102 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2584102

Alexandre Mayol

Paris School of Economics - Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne ( email )

Maison des Sciences Economiques
106 - 112, Boulevard de l'Hôpital
Paris, 75013
France

HOME PAGE: http://www.parisschoolofeconomics.eu/en/mayol-alexandre/

Thierry Pénard (Contact Author)

Université de Rennes 1 - Faculte de Sciences Economiques ( email )

7, Place Hoche
35000 Rennes
France

Armorican Mole for Research on the Information Society and Uses of the Internet ( email )

France

Centre de Recherche en Économie et Management (CREM) ( email )

7 place Hoche
Rennes, Bretagne 35065
France

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