The Influence of Personal Values on Internet Use and Wellbeing [La influencia de los valores personales en el uso de Internet y el bienestar]




Internet use, Wellbeing, life satisfaction, personal values, measurement, ESS [uso de Internet, Bienestar, satisfacción vital, valores personales, medidas, ESS]





Personal values influence the behavior, feelings, and lives of individuals, but also, Internet use which penetration is expected it continues expanding all over the world. Values determine attitudes and behaviors of individuals and they also affect relationships people maintain with others and themselves. Furthermore, those relations are as well influenced by the adoption and usage of the internet, that is changing the way individuals interact and relate. So, both, values and internet use, impact on individuals Wellbeing (WB) perception. The present study analyses the influence of personal values on internet use and WB perception on a  sample of 33.123 respondents of the European Social Survey (2016), 51% of female respondents and 47.9% male aged 15 and over, from different European countries. By this way, first, an Exploratory Factorial Analysis has been applied on data related to personal values, and four different profiles have been defined. Second, there have been individually analyzed and correlated the level of internet use and life satisfaction individuals report to analyze their influence on each profile.  Finally, the interaction of both variables has been considered. When p-value is significative (p < 0.05) individual profile moderate relationship between internet use and life satisfaction. Results demonstrate personal values influence internet use and life satisfaction.


Los valores personales influyen en el comportamiento, los sentimientos y la vida de las personas, pero también, el uso de Internet cuya penetración se espera sigue expandiéndose por todo el mundo. Los valores determinan las actitudes y los comportamientos de las personas, y también afectan las relaciones que las personas mantienen con los demás y con ellas mismas. Además, esas relaciones se ven influenciadas por la adopción y el uso de Internet, lo que está cambiando la forma en que las personas interactúan y se relacionan. Así, tanto los valores como el uso de Internet, impactan en la percepción del Bienestar (WB) de las personas. El presente estudio analiza la influencia de los valores personales en el uso de Internet y la percepción del Bienestar en una muestra de 33123 encuestados de la Encuesta Social Europea (2016), 51 % de mujeres encuestadas y 47.9 % hombres de 15 y más años, de diferentes países europeos. De esta forma, en primer lugar, se ha aplicado un Análisis Factorial Exploratorio sobre datos relacionados con los valores personales, y se han definido cuatro perfiles diferentes. En segundo lugar, se ha analizado y correlacionado individualmente el nivel de uso de Internet y la satisfacción con la vida que reportan las personas para analizar su influencia en cada perfil. Finalmente, se ha considerado la interacción de ambas variables. Cuando el valor p es significativo (p < .05), el perfil individual modera la relación entre el uso de Internet y la satisfacción con la vida. Los resultados demuestran que los valores personales influyen en el uso de Internet y la satisfacción con la vida


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How to Cite

Femenia, S. (2021). The Influence of Personal Values on Internet Use and Wellbeing [La influencia de los valores personales en el uso de Internet y el bienestar]. Acción Psicológica, 17(1), 43–60.



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