Effect of Facebook on Mood
Authors:Caroline Roemer, Steve Rouse
Mentor:Steve Rouse, Professor of Psychology, Chair of the Social Sciences Position, Pepperdine University
This study investigated the effect of exposure to Facebook relationships on mood through passive encounters with three different Facebook profiles. Undergraduate students were assigned to three conditions in a random order: their own profile, the profile of a friend, and the profile of an acquaintance. The PANAS mood scale was administered before the first condition and after each condition. The five-scale IPIP personality test with an additional Self-Esteem scale was initially administered to find the correlation between personality traits and mood after each condition. It was found that Positive Affect and Negative Affect scores regressed to neutral after all three conditions. The Negative Affect scale had a significant correlation with Conscientiousness, Neuroticism, and Self-Esteem. This implies that Facebook has a blunting effect on the mood of Facebook users.