Psychological impact of e-learning on social network sites: online students’ attitudes and their satisfaction with life


This paper reports on the findings of a study pertaining to the psychological impact of e-learning on social network sites. The findings have resulted by means of a correlational analysis between attitude towards e-learning on social network sites and satisfaction with life of students experienced with e-learning experiences. It was based on an online survey of 607 valid responses with e-learning experiences gathered from 896 online respondents. The gender profile was balanced (males 50.7% and females 49.3% respectively). The analysis found that students who had experience of e-learning on social network sites also had a positive score on the Satisfaction with Life Scale (females 4.40 out of 6, SD = 0.91 and males 4.38 out of 6, SD = 0.9). The attitudes towards e-learning were also positive (female 4.34 out of 6, SD = 1.0 and male 4.12 out of 6, SD = 1.2). The relationship between e-learning attitudes and satisfaction with life was investigated using the Spearman Rank Order Correlation (rho) statistic. The research data shows a significant positive association between attitudes towards e-learning and satisfaction with life by females and males.

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Vate-U-Lan, P. Psychological impact of e-learning on social network sites: online students’ attitudes and their satisfaction with life. J Comput High Educ 32, 27–40 (2020).

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  • Attitude
  • Correlation
  • E-learning
  • Learning management systems (LMS)
  • Satisfaction with life
  • Social media
  • Social network