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Internet Interpersonal Connection Mediates the Association between Personality and Internet Addiction

by Yun-Hsuan Chang 1,2,3,*, Yun-Ting Lee 4 and Shulan Hsieh 4,5,6,*
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Department of Psychology, College of Medical and Health Science, Asia University, Taichung 41354, Taiwan
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Department of Medical Research, China Medical University Hospital, China Medical University, Taichung 40447, Taiwan
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Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan
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Department of Psychology, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan
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Institute of Allied Health Sciences; National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan
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Department and Institute of Public Health, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(19), 3537; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16193537
Received: 20 August 2019 / Revised: 13 September 2019 / Accepted: 19 September 2019 / Published: 21 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Internet-Related Addictions and Health)
Backgrounds: The development of the Internet has changed interpersonal interactions, so that people no longer need to physically meet each other. However, some people are more vulnerable to becoming addicted to Internet activities, something to which the ease of Internet access and usage has contributed. In this study, we examined the association between personality traits and feelings about online interpersonal interactions to predict Internet addiction. This was accomplished using an online advertisement that asked participants to complete the questionnaires in the laboratory. Methods: Two hundred and twenty-three participants with a mean age of 22.50 years were recruited for this study and asked to complete the following questionnaires: the Beck Depressive Inventory (BDI), the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), the Chen Internet Addiction Scale (CIAS), the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ), the Internet Usage Questionnaire (IUQ) and the Feelings of Internet Interpersonal Interaction Questionnaire (FIIIQ). Results: The results showed that people with a neurotic personality and anxious feelings about Internet interpersonal interactions are more likely to become addicted to the Internet. In addition, people with neuroticism and who are more anxious about Internet interpersonal relationships are more likely to develop Internet addiction. Conclusions: People who tend to develop new interpersonal relationships via the Internet and be anxious about online interpersonal relationships are more vulnerable to becoming addicted to the Internet. The individuals who are more anxious about Internet interpersonal interaction and tend to develop new interpersonal relationships via the Internet are more likely to develop Internet addiction. View Full-Text
Keywords: Internet addiction; Internet interpersonal interaction; neuroticism; personality; vulnerability Internet addiction; Internet interpersonal interaction; neuroticism; personality; vulnerability
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Chang, Y.-H.; Lee, Y.-T.; Hsieh, S. Internet Interpersonal Connection Mediates the Association between Personality and Internet Addiction. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 3537.

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