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Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2013 Nov;16(11):843-9. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2012.0557. Epub 2013 Jul 12.

Social support and social interaction ties on internet addiction: integrating online and offline contexts.

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1 Graduate Institute of Bio-Industry Management, National Chung Hsing University , Taichung, Taiwan, Republic of China .

Abstract

This study explores the relationship between social support and social interaction ties on Internet addiction by integrating both online and offline social encounters. A total of 1,642 members of online social communities participated in this research, for which structural equation modeling was used for analysis. The findings show that social support is positively associated with social interaction ties in both online and offline contexts. In addition, online social support and online social interaction ties are positively associated with Internet addiction, whereas offline social support and social interaction ties on Internet addiction are negatively associated. This finding has important implications not only for understanding the cause of Internet addiction but also for understanding the diminishing Internet addiction due to social support and social interaction ties.

PMID:
23848959
DOI:
10.1089/cyber.2012.0557
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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