The Effects of Facebook-based Social Support on Health Across Metropolitan and Regional Australians

Gilmour, John ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1549-8772 and Jeffries, Carla and Machin, Tanya ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4358-2149 and Brownlow, Charlotte (2022) The Effects of Facebook-based Social Support on Health Across Metropolitan and Regional Australians. In: Social Media and Technology Across the Lifespan. Palgrave Studies in Cyberpsychology. Palgrave MacMillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 97-114. ISBN 9783030990480


Abstract

Facebook has become an important part of building and maintaining relationships and an increasingly integral part of our lives at all developmental stages. Using Facebook to connect with friends and family can provide greater perceptions of social support, providing a buffer between life stress and physical and mental health outcomes. It has been hypothesised that geographically diverse communities may use Facebook to compensate for limited opportunities to access face-to-face social support. This study examines the role of Facebook-based social support on physical and mental health concerns (mental distress, dissatisfaction with life, and physical illness) across two samples of Australian adult Facebook users (209 living in metropolitan areas, 158 living regionally). Greater levels of Facebook-based social support predicted lower levels of health concerns in a metropolitan-based sample. No association between Facebook-based social support and health concerns was found in the regional sample. This result shows that the use of Facebook as a mechanism for social support, and its effects on health, vary across geographical locations, and appears to be mainly found in a metropolitan population.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current – Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2022 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - No Department (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2022 06:31
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 01:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: Facebook; Social support; Mental health; Regional health; Social media
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 22 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 2205 Media services > 220502 Internet, digital and social media
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-99049-7_7
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/49986

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