Loneliness and social uses of the Internet

@article{MorahanMartin2003LonelinessAS,
  title={Loneliness and social uses of the Internet},
  author={Janet Morahan-Martin and Phyllis Schumacher},
  journal={Computers in Human Behavior},
  year={2003},
  volume={19},
  pages={659-671}
}
Loneliness has been associated with increased Internet use. Lonely individuals may be drawn online because of the increased potential for companionship, the changed social interaction patterns online, and as a way to modulate negative moods associated with loneliness. Online, social presence and intimacy levels can be controlled; users can remain invisible as they observe others’ interactions, and can control the amount and timing of their interactions. Anonymity and lack of face-to-face… CONTINUE READING

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