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Wednesday, July 29 • 15:16 - 16:45
! "Happy online and in real life too? How social media interactions affect real life well-being of students in US and Germany"

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Authors: Anne Suphan and Bozena Mierzejewska

Research examining the impact of social media use on well-being of digital natives has given a myriad of opposing outcomes indicating both positive and negative effects. In this paper we examine whether there is still a boundary between interpersonal online and offline sphere in the cohort of student digital natives and how does it differ between German student populations and US. From data collected in 2013 and 2014 we find that involvement in SNS results more in positive emotional outcomes than in negative ones. Secondly, we conclude that there is no significant impact of SNS interactions on real life activities. We explain this striking result focusing on separation of communication activities in on-line and off-line life contexts. We also report on differences between US and German students. The results of our study show that German students tend to separate stronger between online and offline sphere.

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Bozena Mierzejewska

Fordham University
Host & Co-Organizer of WMEMC 2016Bozena Mierzejewska is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Management at the Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University, New York. She is the editor of JMM – The International Journal on Media Management and member of the editorial boards of several academic journals. Her research and teaching focus on media management and digitisation and its impact on media organizations and media workers... Read More →
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Anne Suphan

Postdoc, University of Hohenheim

Wednesday July 29, 2015 15:16 - 16:45
(9th Floor) TRS 3-176 (Ted Rogers School of Management) 55 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5G 2C3

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