Date of Award

7-23-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Tamara Tasker, Psy.D.

Abstract

Social Phobia is characterized by fear of embarrassment and judgment in social and/or performance situations. In turn, individuals with social phobia often avoid these situations, thus limiting social contact. However, the Internet and social networking sites, such as Facebook, have eliminated the face-to-face component of communication while still allowing for social interaction. The researcher hypothesized that a positive relationship would exist between time spent on Facebook and social anxiety, as well as between perceived ease of online communication and social anxiety. A correlational study between social anxiety and use of Facebook was conducted. A significant correlation was found between social anxiety and both time spent on Facebook, as well as perceived ease of online communication.

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