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Kimberly McAdams


This study focuses on what psychological and behavioral changes lead to increases in life satisfaction for Facebook users either after they delete their profiles or after they alter the way they use the site (e.g. through behaviors such changing the friends visible on the News Feed). College students are the primary sample for this study as they are some of the major consumers of Facebook. The research is conducted through online questionnaires, and it includes a 2-week experimental period where participants are asked to change a Facebook behavior and report back. With more knowledge about what increases life satisfaction in the realm of Facebook, certain patterns should indicate potential management techniques for people who want to continue using the site without deleting their profile completely. The goal of the study is to answer the following question: How can Facebook users utilize the site to increase or maintain life satisfaction while minimizing negative effects like loneliness and depression?

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Psychology Commons