Findings on happiness in Lönnqvist & Itkonen (2014): study FI 2012

Author(s)Lönnqvist, J.E.; Itkonen, J.V.
TitleIt’s all about Extraversion: Why Facebook Friend Count doesn’t Count towards Well-being.
SourceJournal of Research in Personality, 2014, Vol. 53, 64 - 67
Public18+ aged, students, Finland
Collect period june 2012
Last collect periodmay 2014
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
 By means of a Facebook-application potential participants were directed to the survey web-page, explaining the purpose of the research:" This is a new type of scientific survey that uses a Facebook app to link friendship data to questions on social relations, values, views, and personality". Participants recruited by invitations to email-lists of University of Helsinki and Aalto University. Incentives were a personal feedback after completing the questionnaire, and raffles for an iPad and a 500 euro Amazon gift card.
Respondents N =4701
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: web
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days? 0 dissatisfied 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 satisfied
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication65
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.431.43

Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all things together, would you say you are.....? 4 very happy 3 quite happy 2 not very happy 1 not at all happy.
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication65
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.591.97

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04ab02Age-difference among young people
Perceived agreeableness of compatriotsN11ab01Modal agreableness
Perceived conscientiousness of compatriotsN11ab07Modal conscientiousness
Perceived emotional stability of compatriotsN11ab26Modal stability
SexG01aaSex (male vs female)
Summed determinantsS15ab07Socio-demographic + personality