How communication technology fosters individual and social wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic: preliminary support for a digital interaction model

Canale, N., Marino, C., Lenzi, M., Vieno, A., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Gaboardi, M., Giraldo, M., Cervone, C. and Massimo, S., 2021. How communication technology fosters individual and social wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic: preliminary support for a digital interaction model. Journal of Happiness Studies. ISSN 1389-4978

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Abstract

The aim of the present study was to test an explanatory model for individual and social wellbeing which incorporates the advantages of using digital technologies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study was carried out in Italy, one of the countries that has been most severely affected by the pandemic worldwide. The study was designed to include variables that might be specifically pertinent to the uniqueness of the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Adults living in Italy (n = 1412) completed an online survey during the lockdown period in March 2020. Results showed two distinct digital interaction processes highlighted by the facilitating use of online emotions (“e-motions”) and online social support (“e-support”). In short, e-motions were positively related to posttraumatic growth, which in turn was positively associated with positive mental health and higher engagement in prosocial behaviors. Moreover, individuals who perceived themselves as having greater e-support were characterized by higher levels of positive mental health, which it turn was positively associated with prosocial behaviors. Collectively, these two digital interaction processes suggest that digital technologies appear to be critical resources in helping individuals cope with difficulties raised by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Happiness Studies
Creators: Canale, N., Marino, C., Lenzi, M., Vieno, A., Griffiths, M.D., Gaboardi, M., Giraldo, M., Cervone, C. and Massimo, S.
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Date: 19 June 2021
ISSN: 1389-4978
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10.1007/s10902-021-00421-1DOI
1447098Other
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Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 23 Jun 2021 09:05
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2021 09:05
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/43160

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