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The Double-Edged Sword of Social Comparison on Social Networking Sites : Effects on Subjective Well-Being

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Diel, Sören ; Hall, Kristina ; Mützel, Caroline:
The Double-Edged Sword of Social Comparison on Social Networking Sites : Effects on Subjective Well-Being.
In: Proceedings of the 29th European Conference on Informations Systems (ECIS). - Marrakech, Morocco , 2021

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Social Networking Sites (SNS) have become integral parts of billions of individuals' everyday lives, enabling users to determine and evaluate themselves through social comparison processes permanently. Despite several studies on user behavior and its' psychological consequences, research on the relationship between SNS-use, social comparison, and subjective well-being (SWB) has postulated relevant yet ambiguous results. To close this research gap, we developed and empirically tested a conceptual model (n = 651 SNS-users). Our results reveal strong associations between social comparisons, rumination, reflection, identity distress, identity clarity, self-esteem and SWB. Furthermore, we identify that rumination, identity distress, identity clarity, and self-esteem mediate the relationship between SWB and social comparison of abilities but not opinions. Besides providing critical theoretical and practical contributions through this study, the findings open the road to a new and enhanced comprehension of how self-determining processes impact human beings' thinking and behavior in information systems like SNS.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Social networking sites; subjective well-being; social comparison of opinions; social comparison of abilities; identity; self-esteem
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
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Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > Fraunhofer Project Group Business and Information Systems Engineering
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > FIM Research Center Finance & Information Management
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 004 Computer science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2021 10:26
Last Modified: 23 May 2022 12:52