Looking Back at Facebook Content and the Positive Impact Upon Wellbeing: Exploring Reminiscing as a Tool for Self Soothing
The premise of this paper is to explore the potential of reminiscing in facilitating self soothing. The research presented looks at people’s activities on Facebook and whether these particular activities impact upon their perceived sense of wellbeing, furthermore, whether specific Facebook activities enable a self –soothing effect when feeling low in mood. A survey was distributed amongst Facebook users. The results from the study appear to indicate that in comparison to other Facebook activities, looking back upon photos and wall posts in particular, could have a positive impact upon wellbeing. Additionally, the results indicate that people who have mental health problems, experience a more positive impact upon their wellbeing when looking at photos and wall posts, than those who did not have a history of mental health issues. The results from the research presented here contribute towards the viability of developing a mobile application to facilitate positive reminiscing.
KeywordsWellbeing Facebook Reminiscing Social Networking
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- 1.Burke, M., Marlow, C., Lento, T.: Social Network Activity and Social Well-Being. In: ACM CHI 2010: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 1909–1912 (2010)Google Scholar
- 3.Good, A., Wilson, C., Ancient, C., Sambhanthan, A.: A Proposal To Support Wellbeing in People With Borderline Personality Disorder: Applying Reminiscent Theory in a Mobile App. In: The ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (2012) Google Scholar
- 5.Hampton, K., Goulet, L., Marlow, C., Rainee, L.: Why Most Facebook users get more than they give. Pew Internet (2012)Google Scholar
- 7.Mauri, M., Cipresso, P., Balgera, A., Villamira, M., Riva, G.: Why Is Facebook So Successful? Psychophysiological Measures Describe a Core Flow State While Using Facebook. Cyberpsychology, Behavior & Social Networking 14(12) (2011)Google Scholar
- 8.Neal, D.M., McKenzie, P.J.: “I Did Not Realize So Many Options Are Available”: Cognitive Authority, Emerging Adults, and e- Mental Health. Library & Information Science Research (2010)Google Scholar
- 9.Norris, A.D.: Reminiscence with Elderly People. Winslow, London (1986)Google Scholar
- 13.Toma, C.: Affirming the Self Through Online Profiles: Beneficial Effects of Social Network Sites. In: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing System. ACM, New York (2010)Google Scholar
- 14.Van De Belt, T.H., Engeleni, L., Berbent, S.A.A., Schoonhoven, L.: Definition of Health 2.0 and Medicine 2.0: A Systematic Review. Journal of Medical Internet Research 12(2) (2010)Google Scholar
- 15.Van Uden-Kraan, C.F., Drossaert, C.H.C., Taal, E., Lebrun, C.E.I., Drossaers-Bakker, K.W., Smit, W.M., Seydel, E.R., Van de Laar, M.A.F.J.: Coping With Somatic Illnesses in Online Support Groups. Do the Feared Disadvantages Actually Occur? Comput. Human Behav. 24, 309–324 (2008)CrossRefGoogle Scholar