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Hanley, Sarah M and Watt, Susan E and Coventry, William [PLOS One] . (2019) Taking a break: The effect of taking a vacation from Facebook and Instagram on subjective well-being. Public Library of Science. PLoS ONE, 14 (6)

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Social Networking Sites (SNS) such as Facebook and Instagram have relocated a large portion of people's social lives online, but can be intrusive and create social disturbances. Many people therefore consider taking an "SNS vacation." We investigated the effects of a one-week vacation from both Facebook and Instagram on subjective well-being, and whether this would vary for passive or active SNS users. Usage amount was measured objectively, using RescueTime software, to circumvent issues of self-report. Usage style was identified at pre-test, and SNS users with a more active or more passive usage style were assigned in equal numbers to the conditions of one-week SNS vacation (n = 40) or no SNS vacation (n = 38). Subjective well-being (life satisfaction, positive affect, and negative affect) was measured before and after the vacation period. At pre-test, more active SNS use was found to correlate positively with life satisfaction and positive affect, whereas more passive SNS use correlated positively with life satisfaction, but not positive affect. Surprisingly, at post-test the SNS vacation resulted in lower positive affect for active users and had no significant effects for passive users. This result is contrary to popular expectation, and indicates that SNS usage can be beneficial for active users. We suggest that SNS users should be educated in the benefits of an active usage style and that future research should consider the possibility of SNS addiction among more active users.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Source:PLOS One
Date:2019
Page Range:e0217743
Publisher:Public Library of Science
Volume:14
Number:6
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Subjects:F Concepts in psychology > Non chemical addiction > Gaming / Internet / Phone addiction
N Communication, information and education > Communication > Communication / social media
N Communication, information and education > Information technology

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