DIFFERENT MODALITIES OF USING FACEBOOK: THE INFLUENCE OF ACTUAL SOCIAL RELATIONS, WELLBEING, AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE MEDIUM
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The online social networks attract the social scientists’ attention because of their large diffusion and their social and psychological impact. The majority of the studies focus on Facebook because it is the largest one. There are contrasting opinions on the positivity of that social medium. It is not possible to reach univocal results considering the use of Facebook as a whole. It is better to distinguish different modalities of use. This study investigates these modalities and predicts them on a sample of young adults in Italy. The analyses were carried out in two steps. The first one is identifying the modalities of using Facebook and the attitudes towards it. The second one testing the influence of different predictors: actual social relations, wellbeing, and the attitudes towards the medium. Participants use Facebook in different ways. Implications are discussed.
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