Facebook Users’ Engagement and Perceived Life Satisfaction

Open Access Journal | ISSN: 2183-2439

Facebook Users’ Engagement and Perceived Life Satisfaction


  • Tammy R. Vigil College of Communication, Boston University, Boston, USA
  • H. Denis Wu College of Communication, Boston University, Boston, USA


Abstract  This study extends existing research on Facebook’s impact on users’ life satisfaction. The results from two surveys of college students demonstrate a tension between Facebook use and users’ perceived contentment with their lives. Existing literature indicates students use Facebook to enhance self-esteem, yet the results from this study connect increased Facebook use to lower self-reported levels of happiness. In particular, respondents’ interactions with photos and videos increase users’ dissatisfaction. This phenomenon may be due to the impact photos have on the ways users engage in social comparisons with Facebook “friends” and the self-construals they create based on these comparisons.


Keywords  Facebook; happiness; life satisfaction; self-construal; social comparison; social media


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/mac.v3i1.199