Social Networks and Subjective Wellbeing in Australia: New Evidence from a National Survey

Xianbi Huang, Mark Western, Yanjie Bian, Yaojun Li, Rochelle Côté, Yangtao Huang

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The article draws on data from a national survey in Australia in 2014 to examine how social networks affect life satisfaction and happiness. Findings show that social network composition, social attachment, perceived social support and the volume of social resources are significantly positively associated with life satisfaction and happiness. Stress about social commitments, feeling restricted by social demands and being excluded by a social group are negatively associated with life satisfaction and happiness. These results indicate that social networks have both ‘bright side’ and ‘dark side’ effects on subjective wellbeing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-421
Number of pages21
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019



  • Australia
  • happiness
  • life satisfaction
  • social networks
  • subjective wellbeing

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