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Thesis

Stress and interpersonal distancing as a result of internet and cell phone use

20 July 2012

Abstract

Recent years have seen remarkable advances in technology communication, particularly through use of the Internet and cellular phones. Researchers are interested in the psychological and interpersonal impacts of Internet and cell phone use, and the debate between whether or not these technologies are beneficial or detrimental to psychological and social well-being is in full force. In an online survey, 89 participants reported the frequency and nature of Internet and cell phone usage as well as perceived levels of social connectedness, stress, and computer anxiety. Hypotheses were partially supported by evidence showing associations between higher frequencies of Internet and cell phone use and lower social connectedness and lower computer anxiety. Results supported both sides of the ongoing debate, and these conflicting results reflect patterns in the existing literature. These findings contribute specific knowledge to the expanding research area of the psychology of technology use.


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