FACEBOOK AND SUBJECTIVE WELL-BEING AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW.

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      This systematic review evaluates various theoretical underpinnings, which may contribute to a better understanding of the effects of Facebook use on subjective well-being among college students. The author conducted a PubMed search of experimental studies conducted within a young adult population. Eligible participant data was delimited to undergraduate or graduate students, who were required to be current Facebook users. Six studies were chosen for the review. The findings suggest that Facebook usage may be positively associated with subjective well-being via several theoretical mechanisms founded in social psychology. These findings provide preliminary evidence that Facebook may offer its users unique opportunities to tailor their online self-presentation to assuage the impact of negative psychosocial stimuli presented in real-world environments. Innovative strategies should be conceived to assess the possible relationship between Facebook use and enhanced subjective well-being. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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