Use of social-networking sites and subjective well-being: a study in South Korea

Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2011 Mar;14(3):151-5. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2009.0382. Epub 2010 Jul 22.


Social-networking sites (SNSs) provide users with a unique computer-mediated environment where individuals are able to disclose their thoughts, feelings, and experiences within their circle of personal ties. From a positive psychological perspective, this research investigated the use of SNSs and users' subjective well-being. The results show that although the time spent using a SNS is not related to well-being, the amount of self-disclosure on SNSs is positively related to subjective well-being. In addition, an individual's socioeconomic status is negatively related to self-disclosing behavior.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Personality
  • Regression Analysis
  • Republic of Korea
  • Self Disclosure*
  • Social Support*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult