The use of social networking services, subjective well-being and self-esteem of Asian international students in the U.S.
Social networking services (SNSs) have been an important tool for social communication, bringing dramatic social and psychological impact to our lives. SNSs are holding great potential for international students' connection with their homelands and their cultural adaptation as well. This study examines the relationship between use of SNSs and subjective well-being, also between use of SNSs and self-esteem. Meanwhile, the influence of gender, age, nationality, residence length and academic performance on subjective well-being and self-esteem are explored in this group. A total of 100 Asian international students in a large public university participated in the study through an online survey. Regression analyses conducted on results from the survey suggest a positive association between use of social networking services and subjective well-being, higher level of social activities among SNSs is associated with higher subjective well-being. In addition, academic performance of Asian international students was found to relate to self-esteem in a negative way, which would help counselors in advising this special group, based on their psychological traits.