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Caplan, S. (2007). Relations among loneliness, social anxiety, and problematic Internet use. Cyberpsychology and Behavior 10 (2), 234-242

he model of problematic Internet use advanced and tested in the current study proposes that individuals' psychosocial well-being, along with their beliefs about interpersonal communication (both face-to-face and online) are important cognitive predictors of negative outcomes arising from Internet use. The study examined the extent to which social anxiety explains results previously attributed to loneliness as a predictor of preference for online social interaction and problematic Internet use. The results support the hypothesis that the relationship between loneliness and preference for online social interaction is spurious, and that social anxiety is the confounding variable.


Caplan, Scott

Professor Caplan earned a PhD in interpersonal communication from Purdue University in 2000 and an MA from the University of Delaware in 1995. He joined the University of Delaware faculty in 1999. In 2006, he received the University of Delaware Faculty Senate Excellence in Teaching Award. In...

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