Findings on happiness in Rae & Lonborg (2015): study US Washington 2014

Author(s)Rae, J.R.; Lonborg, S.D.
TitleDo Motivations for Using Facebook Moderate the Association between Facebook Use and Psychologica Wwell-Being?
SourceFrontiers in Psychology, 2015, online, 1 - 9
Public18+ aged undergraduate students, Facebook users, Seattle, USA, 2014
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
 Students volunteered to participate in this study.
Respondents N =119
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: web
 Once registered fort he study, potential participants were redirected to the online survey service Qualtrics where they were presented with the IRB approved information sheet that contained the contac tinformation of both authors, study information, and participant rights as well as the survey items for this study. Prior to completing any study materials,all participants indicated that they understood the risks and wished to participate in the research. Participation wa sanonymous; as such, no identifying information was collected and credit was automatically awarded at the completion of the survey. Course credit was awarded for participation.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSingle question How happy, satisfied, or pleased have you been with your personal life during the past month? 1. Extremely happy, could not have been more satisfied or pleased 2. Very happy most of the time 3. Generally satisfied, pleased 4. Sometimes fairly satisfied, sometimes fairly dissatisfied 5. Generally dissatisfied, unhappy 6. Very dissatisfied, unhappy most of the time Reverse scores for happiness calculation Item in Mental Health Inventory 38 (RAND-MOS, 1983)
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication3
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 0On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.00

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Number of Facebook friendsshow  Online friends
Number of Facebook friendsshow  Social media, also classified as above ↑
Number of Facebook friendsshow  Social media, also classified as above ↑