Loneliness and social media: why do we feel lonely in the most crowded spaces in the world?
1Our results confirmed that the association between perceived loneliness and social media addiction is independent of satisfaction with personal relationships (friends, family, partner).
2On average, social networkers feel lonelier than the few individuals who do not use social media (4.4%), but the difference was very small.
3Individuals highly addicted to social media were more likely to report that being on social media triggers negative feelings.
4The association between social media and perceived loneliness was explained, partly, by the negative feelings triggered by social media: mainly disappointment, and, to a lesser degree, negative social comparisons.