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Social Media Use and Empathy: A Mini Meta-Analysis

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DOI: 10.4236/sn.2019.84010    59 Downloads   180 Views


Concerns about the effects of social media or social networking site (SNS) use on prosocial development are increasing. The aim of the current study is to meta-analytically summarize the research to date (k = 5) about the relationship between general SNS use and two components of empathy (i.e., empathic concern and perspective-taking). Random effects meta-analyses showed that SNS use was significantly and positively related to affective empathy though only marginally related to cognitive empathy. These effects were generally small in size and do not establish causality. Future research should explore how specific behaviors are related to different forms of empathy.

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Guan, S. , Hain, S. , Cabrera, J. and Rodarte, A. (2019) Social Media Use and Empathy: A Mini Meta-Analysis. Social Networking, 8, 147-157. doi: 10.4236/sn.2019.84010.

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