Social comparison and satisfaction with one's social life

A.P. Buunk, H.A.K. Groothof, F.W. Siero

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    Abstract

    In this study (N = 96), the role of social comparison in evaluating the quality of one's friendships and social relationships was examined. Participants who were exposed to a comparison target with a very dissatisfying social life evaluated their own social life as better than participants who were exposed to a comparison target with a very satisfying social life. However, this effect was only found among individuals high in the individual characteristic social comparison orientation. It is concluded that only individuals with a dispositional tendency to compare themselves with others will base the evaluation of their social life to an important extent on what they see in others.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)197-205
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
    Volume24
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007

    Keywords

    • close relationships
    • downward comparison
    • satisfaction
    • social comparison orientation
    • social relationships
    • upward comparison

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