The relationship between Self-efficacy, Self-Esteem, Social Anxiety, Life Satisfaction and Social Networking among college students

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McGrath, Ciara
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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Social networking sites are used by millions of people worldwide on a day to day basis. This study explores self-efficacy, self-esteem, social anxiety, life satisfaction and social networking among college students. All participants selected (male = 24, female = 61, N = 85) met the criteria for participating in this study. In addition to answering demographical questions, participants were rated on the General Self-efficacy scale (GSE) (Schwarzer & Jerusalem, 1995), Social Anxiety Scale for Adults (SAQ-A30) (Caballo et al., 2010), The Satisfaction with Life scale (SWLS) (Diener et al., 1985) and Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale (RSE) (Rosenberg, 1965). Results showed a relationship between time spent on social networking sites (“SNS”s) per day, social anxiety, satisfaction of life and self-esteem. There was a relationship between self-efficacy and satisfaction with life and social anxiety. Those students who meet their friends face to face showed to have high levels of self-esteem showing a positive correlation. In addition there was no significant correlation found between satisfaction with life and age. Suggestions for limitations and further directions were discussed.