Findings on happiness in Reinecke & Trepte (2014): study DE 2010

Author(s)Reinecke, L.; Trepte, S.
TitleAuthenticity and Well-being on Social Network Sites: A Two-Wave Longitudinal Study on the Effects of Online Authenticity and the Positivity Bias in SNS Communication.
SourceComputers in Human Behavior, 2014, Vol. 30, 95 - 102
PublicSocial media users,, Germany, followed 6 months, 2010-2011
 Age: M=26.00, S=6.67; males:38.2%, females: 61.8%
Collect periodoctober 2010
Last collect periodapril 2011
 T1 T2
Survey nameUnnamed study
 2-wave panel survey
SampleNon-probability self-selected
 Participants were recruited via links posted on Facebook and StudiVZ, the 2 most popular social network the time
Respondents N =374
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: web
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 10 questions. This scale consists of a number of words that describe different feelings and emotions. Read each item and mark the appropriate answer in the space next to that word. Indicate how often you feel this way in the present. A upset B hostile C alert D ashamed E inspired F nervous G determined H attentive I afraid J active Answer options: 1 never 2 3 4 5 always Computation: (C=E+G+H+J)/5 - (A+B+D+F+I)/5 Name: Watson et al's PANAS, International short form I-PANAS-SF
Author's labelPositive and negative affect
Page in publication98
RemarksABS computed by WDH-team ABS computed is the mean of ABS at T1 and T2
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range -20 - 20On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.40

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Online authenticityshow  Earlier internet behaviour
Online authenticityshow  Earlier self-disclosing, also classified as above ↑
Online authenticityshow  Genuine, also classified as above ↑
Online authenticityshow  Later internet behaviour, also classified as above ↑
Online authenticityshow  Later self-disclosure, also classified as above ↑
Online authenticityshow  Self-disclosure on internet, also classified as above ↑