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When Facebook is easier than face-to-face: Social support derived from Facebook in socially anxious individuals

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Grieve, R (2014) When Facebook is easier than face-to-face: Social support derived from Facebook in socially anxious individuals. Personality and Individual Differences, 59. pp. 102-106. ISSN 0191-8869

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Abstract

While the psychological benefits of social support are well-established, it is also clear that for many
socially anxious individuals, engaging with face-to-face social networks is problematic. This research
examined whether social support derived from an online social network (Facebook) had incremental
value in predicting subjective well-being over and above offline social support in socially anxious and
non-socially anxious individuals. Individuals with high (N = 105) and low (N = 194) social anxiety completed
measures of perceived social support, perceived social support derived from Facebook, and subjective
well-being. For the high social anxiety group, Facebook social support explained a significant amount
of additional variance in subjective well-being, with offline social support failing to contribute significantly
to the model. For the low social anxiety group, Facebook social support did not explain any variance
in well-being over and above offline social support. Possible implications of the utility of Facebook
for socially anxious individuals are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Social anxiety Social support Social networking sites Facebook Facebook social support
Journal or Publication Title: Personality and Individual Differences
Page Range: pp. 102-106
ISSN: 0191-8869
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2013.11.016
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Copyright 2014 Elsevier

Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2014 22:26
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:57
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