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Online Social Interaction, Psychosocial Well-Being, and Problematic Internet Use

Caplan S, High A ...see all

Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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This chapter examines the associations among problematic Internet use (PIU), online interpersonal communication, and psychosocial well-being. The chapter reviews literature documenting a positive association between indicators of PIU and interpersonal online behavior. Additionally, the previous research indicates that psychological problems and social deficits are both positively correlated with online social interaction. This chapter employs the cognitive behavioral model of PIU to explain the relationships among these variables. Additionally, the chapter suggests that further exploring the role of preference for online social interaction and utilizing the hyperpersonal perspective of computer-mediated communication to inform future research may help advance our understanding of PIU and online social interaction.

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  • Scott E. Caplan

  • Andrew C. High

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