Facebook and Subjective Well-Being Among College Students: A Systematic Review


  • Paul D. Loprinzi, PhD
  • Emily Frith, MS




Health promotion, self-esteem, online communication, social media, wellness


This systematic review evaluates various theoretical underpinnings, which may contribute to a
better understanding of the effects of Facebook use on subjective well-being among college students. The
author conducted a PubMed search of experimental studies conducted within a young adult population.
Eligible participant data was delimited to undergraduate or graduate students, who were required to be
current Facebook users. Six studies were chosen for the review. The findings suggest that Facebook usage
may be positively associated with subjective well-being via several theoretical mechanisms founded in social
psychology. These findings provide preliminary evidence that Facebook may offer its users unique opportu-
nities to tailor their online self-presentation to assuage the impact of negative psychosocial stimuli presented
in real-world environments. Innovative strategies should be conceived to assess the possible relationship
between Facebook use and enhanced subjective well-being.



How to Cite

Loprinzi, P. D., & Frith, E. (2018). Facebook and Subjective Well-Being Among College Students: A Systematic Review. American Journal of Health Studies, 33(1). https://doi.org/10.47779/ajhs.2018.51