Is Facebooking really depressing? Revisiting the relationships among social media use, envy, and depression

Edson C. Tandoc, Zhang Hao Goh

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Abstract

An extensive body of work has explored the causal links between social media use, envy, and depression. However, the findings regarding the directional influence among these variables have been equivocal. This current study draws upon a three-wave longitudinal panel (N = 355) and focuses on the link between Facebook use and depression. Results from the cross-lagged panel analyses showed that increased Facebook use (t1) leads to increased depression (t2) which further leads to greater Facebook use (t3). This relationship is further enhanced when the role of envy is accounted for. Specifically, more Facebook use (t1) leads to greater users’ envy (t2) which leads to more depression (t3). Implications of the results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-567
Number of pages17
JournalInformation Communication and Society
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by Ministry of Education Singapore: [Grant Number Tier 1 grant / RG151/15].

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Keywords

  • Cross-lagged panel
  • Facebook
  • depression
  • envy
  • social media

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