Clay (2000). Linking up online.

Clay, R. A. (2000). Linking up online. Monitor on Psychology, 31(4). Retrieved October 22, 2008, from http://www.apa.org/monitor/apr00/linking.html.

“… we never would have met except through the Internet.”

From a study that examined general Internet usage…

“… small but statistically significant increases in depression and loneliness and decreases in social engagement.”

“… replacing the intimate, supportive relationships …”

Study was criticized for …

“… lack of random selection and a control group …”

“… time online had reduced the amount of time they spent interacting …”

“… less time watching television …”

“… compare the Internet’s bad press to the fear of new technology …”

In studies where Internet use was for communication and relationship-building…

“… using the Internet to form close relationships …”

“… a safe way for socially anxious and lonely people to form and maintain relationships.”

“… express …”

“… 57 percent of the relationships formed online had not only continued but actually increased intimacy.”

“Seventy percent of the romantic relationships formed online still existed at the two-year follow-up.”

“… marked contrast to … couples who meet in a more traditional manner … more than half of romantic relationships dissolve after two years …”

“… similar interests and values …”

“… a great medium for making connections, widening their social circles and enriching their lives.”

Internet doesn’t have an “effect”, it’s passive, inert. The particular use of the Internet can have an effect, however.

“… Internet’s effect …”

“… using …”

“… risk to relationships … access, affordability and anonymity.”

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