Online Networks and Subjective Well‐Being

25 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2017

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Fabio Sabatini

Sapienza University of Rome - Department of Economics and Law; Euricse

Francesco Sarracino


Date Written: August 2017


We test the relationship between the use of social networking sites (SNS) and a proxy of utility, i.e. subjective well‐being (SWB), using instrumental variables. Additionally, we disentangle the indirect effects of SNS on well‐being mediated by face‐to‐face interactions and social trust using a structural equation model. Results suggest that the use of SNS hampers people's well‐being directly and indirectly, through its negative effects on social trust. However, the use of SNS also has a positive impact on well‐being because it increases the probability of face‐to‐face interactions. Yet, the net effect of the use of SNS for SWB remains negative.

Suggested Citation

Sabatini, Fabio and Sarracino, Francesco, Online Networks and Subjective Well‐Being (August 2017). Kyklos, Vol. 70, Issue 3, pp. 456-480, 2017. Available at SSRN: or

Fabio Sabatini (Contact Author)

Sapienza University of Rome - Department of Economics and Law ( email )

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Francesco Sarracino

STATEC ( email )

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Luxembourg City, L-2013

HSE-LCSR ( email )

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Saint-Petersburg, 190068

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