Findings on happiness in Lönnqvist & Itkonen (2014): study FI 2012

Author(s)Lönnqvist, J.E.; Itkonen, J.V.
TitleIt’s all about Extraversion: Why Facebook Friend Count doesn’t Count towards Well-being.
SourceJournal of Research in Personality, 2014, Vol. 53, 64 - 67
Public18+ aged, students, Finland
Collect period june 2012
Last collect periodmay 2014
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
 By means of a Facebook-application potential participants were directed to the survey web-page, explaining the purpose of the research:" This is a new type of scientific survey that uses a Facebook app to link friendship data to questions on social relations, values, views, and personality". Participants recruited by invitations to email-lists of University of Helsinki and Aalto University. Incentives were a personal feedback after completing the questionnaire, and raffles for an iPad and a 500 euro Amazon gift card.
Respondents N =4701
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: web
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days? 0 dissatisfied 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 satisfied
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication65
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.431.43

Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all things together, would you say you are.....? 4 very happy 3 quite happy 2 not very happy 1 not at all happy.
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication65
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.591.97

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Age difference among young people
Extraversionshow  Extraverted
Perceived agreeableness of compatriotsshow  Agreableness in nation
Perceived conscientiousness of compatriotsshow  Conscientiousness in nation
Perceived emotional stability of compatriotsshow  Emotional stability in nation
Sexshow  Sex (male vs female)
Summed determinantsshow  Socio-demographic + personality