Facebook and its Effects on Users' Empathic Social Skills and Life Satisfaction: A Double-Edged Sword Effect

  title={Facebook and its Effects on Users' Empathic Social Skills and Life Satisfaction: A Double-Edged Sword Effect},
  author={Terri H. Chan},
  journal={Cyberpsychology, behavior and social networking},
  volume={17 5},
  • Terri H. Chan
  • Published 6 May 2014
  • Psychology, Business
  • Cyberpsychology, behavior and social networking
This study examines how Facebook usage affects individual's empathic social skills and life satisfaction. Following the self-presentational theory, the study explores a key component of the Internet paradox-whether Facebook suppresses or enhances users' interpersonal competence (specifically empathic social skills), given their respective personality makeup. Going further, the study assesses these events' subsequent impacts on users' psychological well-being. Analogous to a double-edged sword… 
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