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The Happy Update: Self-reported Happiness linked to Semantic Representations of Status Updates in Facebook

Författare och institution:
Danilo Garcia (Centrum för etik, juridik och mental hälsa); Oscar Kjell (-); Sverker Sikström (-)
Publicerad i:
Third World Congress on Positive Psychology. June 27-30, 2013, Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles,
Konferensbidrag, övrigt
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Background The recent years have seen a major revolution in how people interact with each other through the Internet. The Social network Facebook is not only part of this revolution but also presents a unique opportunity for psychological research. Status updates, for instance, are generally used to broadcast current states or make statements with own written words. The aim of the present study was to investigate if the semantic representation of status updates predicted self-reported happiness. Method The participants (N = 304) self-reported happiness (The Satisfaction With Life Scale and The Emotional Well-Being Scale) and provided their last 15 own written status updates in his/her Facebook profile. The status updates were quantified through Latent Semantic Analysis. Results The semantic content of Facebook updates predicted life satisfaction. However, the updates did not predict positive or negative emotions. Conclusion The results suggest that users presentation through status updates is related to the cognitive part of happiness (i.e., life satisfaction) rather than being related to the emotional part (i.e., positive and negative emotions). Perhaps due to the nature of Facebook allowing individuals to have major control in how they consciously present themselves.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Facebook; Happiness; Life Satisfaction; Latent Semantic Analysis; Negative Emotions; Positive Emotions
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2013-09-15 11:46
Posten ändrad:
2014-01-13 11:11

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