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Silchenko D.V., Shumskiy V.B. Psychological well-being of social networks users with different level of involvement

Full text in Russian: Сильченко Д.В., Шумский В.Б. Психологическое благополучие пользователей социальных сетей с разным уровнем вовлеченности

National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

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The article introduces the concept of "involvement" aimed to describe behavioral and emotional features of social network users. First stage of the study consisted of semi-structured interviews with social network users (N = 27). Based on the phenomenological analysis of the interview we identified high and low levels of involvement. A complex criterion for the distinction of the two involvement levels is proposed. Specifically, the criterion includes objective, subjective and intersubjective components. During the second stage of the study we conducted quantitative and qualitative comparison of the social network users with low and high levels of involvement (N = 50). Analysis of the interviews identified differences in activity-related, emotional, and content-semantic aspects of social network usage. High level of involvement was associated with lower levels of subjective happiness and life satisfaction, as well as with higher alienation among all spheres of life compared to those with low level of involvement. The involvement criterion is suggested as a screening tool for the risk of social network addiction.

Keywords: social network sites users, involvement, psychological well-being, alienation

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Received 01 February 2021. Date of publication: 31 October 2021.

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Silchenko Daria V. MSc, Post-graduate student of the School of Psychology of National Research University Higher School of Economics, ul. Myasnitskaya, 20, 101000 Moscow, Russia.
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Shumskiy Vladimir B. PhD, Associate Professor, Centre for Fundamental and Consulting Personology, Psychological Department, Faculty of Social Sciences, National Research University Higher School of Economics, ul. Myasnitskaya, 20, 101000 Moscow, Russia.
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Silchenko D.V., Shumskiy V.B. Psychological well-being of social networks users with different level of involvement. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2021, Vol. 14, No. 79, p. 4.

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