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

  1. Kimberly S. Young and
  2. Cristiano Nabuco de Abreu
  1. Scott E. Caplan and
  2. Andrew C. High

Published Online: 9 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118013991.ch3

Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment

Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment

How to Cite

Caplan, S. E. and High, A. C. (2007) Online Social Interaction, Psychosocial Well-Being, and Problematic Internet Use, in Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment (eds K. S. Young and C. N. de Abreu), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118013991.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 OCT 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470551165

Online ISBN: 9781118013991

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Keywords:

  • interpersonal internet use;
  • problematic internet use (PIU);
  • computer-mediated communication;
  • online social interaction;
  • cognitive-behavioral model;
  • interpersonal communication

Summary

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.