Using Social Network Sites to Boost Savoring: Positive Effects on Positive Emotions

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Sep 2;17(17):6407. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17176407.


Research has demonstrated that positive interventions (PIs) can be effective in enhancing well-being. Our study used Facebook to conduct a PI based on savoring. Sixty-one university students in Taiwan were randomly assigned to undergo a three-week savoring PI, and 61 participants were assigned to a no-treatment control group. The results showed significantly enhanced positive affect in the treatment group compared to the control group, in both a post-test and a final follow-up, but no significant differences between the two groups in negative affect. The treatment group also displayed significantly lower depression in the post-test, which was not maintained at the follow-up. These results indicate that, for university students, a savoring intervention via Facebook can be an effective way of enhancing positive emotions.

Keywords: Facebook; positive interventions; positive psychology; savoring; social network sites.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Depression* / psychology
  • Emotions*
  • Humans
  • Social Media*
  • Taiwan