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An Examination of the Reciprocal Relationship of Loneliness and Facebook Use among First-Year College Students.

Published on Jan 1, 2012in Journal of Educational Computing Research1.54
· DOI :10.2190/EC.46.1.e
Lai Lei Lou1
Estimated H-index: 1
(SUNY: State University of New York System),
Zheng Yan14
Estimated H-index: 14
(SUNY: State University of New York System)
+ 1 AuthorsRobert F. McMorris4
Estimated H-index: 4
(SUNY: State University of New York System)
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Abstract
College students are using social network sites such as Facebook to communicate with their families and friends. However, empirical evidence is needed to examine whether there exists a reciprocal relationship between students’ use of social network sites and their psychological well-being. The present study focused on two reciprocally-related research questions: (a) Is there an impact of loneliness on Facebook intensity and motive for using Facebook among first-year college students? (b) Is there an impact of Facebook intensity and motive for using Facebook on loneliness? Data were collected from a sample of 340 first-year college students and were analyzed through structural equation modeling. No reciprocal relationship was found in the study: Facebook intensity had a positive impact on loneliness and, motive for using Facebook did not have any impact on loneliness, whereas loneliness influenced neither Facebook intensity nor motive for using Facebook.
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