Well-Being and Friendship Quality
The aim of the present study, was to investigate if the digital age is having a significant impact (positive or negative) on the lives of young people, with a focus on psychological well-being and friendship quality.
The study investigated if there were differences in psychological well-being for millennials based on the time they spend using social media, the number of friends they have on social media, and by the social media site they use most frequently. It also investigated differences between online and offline friendship qualities. 71 participants (35 males; 36 females;) took part in the study. A 1 x 3 ANOVA with Wellbeing score as the dependent variable and three independent variables (Time; Type; Number) was used for hypothesis 1. A paired t-Test with friendships scores as the dependent variable, and type of friendship as the independent variable was used for hypothesis 2.
The results found those who spend 120+ hours online, and those who had 400+ friends on social media scored lower in well-being. Those who preferred using professional social medias scored higher in well-being. Participants rated their offline friendships higher than online friendships.