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The difference in perception of online and offline social support

Tran, Diem (2018) The difference in perception of online and offline social support.

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Abstract:Background. Perceiving social support is important because it is positively linked to our mental health. In times of the advanced and beneficial technology, social support can also be perceived through social media. Existing work on the effects of perceiving social support in online settings has often stressed that social media can give the possibility, especially for young adults, to receive and perceive social support. The aim of this study was to compare the difference in the perception of social support in real life and through social media with the focus on the three social provisions attachment, reassurance of worth and social integration. Methods. 173 subjects (130 female, 43 male) aged 18 to 59 years, who were mostly students, participated in the study. The participants filled out the same questionnaire consecutively two times, but with different instructions. One time for the perception of offline social support and the other for the perception of online social support. Results. There is a difference between the perception of attachment online and offline, likewise there is a difference between the perception of reassurance of worth online and offline. However, little difference was found between social integration online and offline. The mean scores speak for the perception of social support in real life rather than the perception of social support through social media. Conclusion. Participants perceived greater offline social support than online social support in all three social provisions. This indicates that offline social support is more favored than online social support. Still, there was little to no difference found between the perception of social integration online and offline. It can be concluded, that online social support is not completely inferior to offline social support.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Clients:
Jahr, Deutschland
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/75155
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