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Cyberpsychol Behav. 2002 Apr;5(2):125-8.

"On the Internet no one knows I'm an introvert": extroversion, neuroticism, and Internet interaction.

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  • 1Psychology Department, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.


Social communication is one of the most common reasons for using the Internet. This paper examines how the personality characteristics of the user affect the meaning and importance of Internet social interaction in comparison with "real life," face-to-face interactions. Forty subjects all of whom were familiar with using "chat" participated in this study. After a at" session, they were instructed to answer several questionnaires. It was found that introverted and neurotic people locate their "real me" on the Internet, while extroverts and nonneurotic people locate their "real me" through traditional social interaction. The implications of our results for understanding the user-net interaction, the "real-me" location, extroversion, neuroticism, and Internet interaction, and the treatment of social phobics are examined.

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