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ERIC Number: ED567447
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 151
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3038-1159-3
Why People Use Facebook: A Comprehensive Review of the Current Literature and Psychodynamic Perspective
Chow, Stanley S.
ProQuest LLC, Psy.D. Dissertation, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
In 2008, Facebook became the most widely-used social networking website (Arrington, 2009), and in 2012, Facebook surpassed one billion active users on its site (Facebook, 2013). With such immense growth, psychology researchers are simply unable to keep up with the constantly-evolving and growing online community of users with its outdated research methods (Reich, 2010). This dissertation examines the existing research and provides a comprehensive review of the literature on Facebook use in the quest to answer the question of why people use Facebook. Then, the researcher applies several psychodynamic theorists to conceptualize and understand the unconscious motivations behind using Facebook. However, this topic area warrants further investigation from the field of psychology. At the very least, the researcher hopes this dissertation offers a different perspective of Facebook use for the general public, and a more empathic understanding for mental health clinicians to address its use within a clinical setting. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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