Relatedness and Well-being in the Digital Age
Research on online socialization and well-being has found positive as well as inverse relations. The present study (N = 200 Mechanical Turk participants) investigates online relatedness to others, which we expect to correlate positively with well-being and to be greater for users on forum platforms than for social networking sites (SNS) like Facebook. We also investigate well-being differences between online socialization platforms, which we expect to be higher for forum usage than for SNS usage. Finally, we examine mediating and moderating effects of online relatedness, such that (1) online forum relatedness mediates the relation between forum use and well-being and (2) participants with low SNS relatedness and high SNS usage report especially low levels of well-being than do participants with high SNS relatedness regardless of SNS usage.
John J Bauer
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium poster
"Relatedness and Well-being in the Digital Age" (2019). Stander Symposium Posters. 1577.