This paper was prepared while the first author was supported by a doctoral scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the second author was supported by a master scholarship from FCAR, the third author was supported by a research grant from SSHRC and FCAR, the fourth author was supported by a postdoctoral fellowship from SSHRC, and the fifth author was supported by research grants from SSHRC and FCAR-Québec.
Harmonious and Obsessive Passion for the Internet: Their Associations With the Couple's Relationship1
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 33, Issue 1, pages 197–221, January 2003
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Seguin-Levesque, C., Lyne, M., Lalibertea, N., Pelletier, L. G., Blanchard, C. and Vallerand, R. J. (2003), Harmonious and Obsessive Passion for the Internet: Their Associations With the Couple's Relationship. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 33: 197–221. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2003.tb02079.x
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Based on a motivational perspective of passion, we investigated the associations between passion for the Internet and level of self-determined motivation toward the couple's relationship. Our results show that an obsessive passion toward the Internet was associated with lower self-determination in the couple, greater conflict in the relationship, and low levels of dyadic adjustment. In contrast, harmonious passion toward the Internet was associated with greater self-determination in the couple, less conflict, and greater dyadic adjustment. Results suggest that use of the Internet is not necessarily associated with negative interpersonal outcomes. Rather, it appears that the way the activity has been internalized is associated with how individuals internalize their reasons for behaving in other domains.