The Functions of Internet Use and Their Social and Psychological Consequences

@article{Weiser2001TheFO,
  title={The Functions of Internet Use and Their Social and Psychological Consequences},
  author={Eric B. Weiser},
  journal={Cyberpsychology & behavior : the impact of the Internet, multimedia and virtual reality on behavior and society},
  year={2001},
  volume={4 6},
  pages={723-43}
}
Although the Internet has spawned significant changes in communication and interpersonal behavior, the data concerning the social and psychological effects of its use are equivocal. Drawing on the uses and gratifications model of communications media, it was hypothesized that the social and psychological effects of Internet use depend primarily on the user's reasons and goals for using the technology. That is, the Internet's social and psychological effects depend upon the functions it serves… CONTINUE READING

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