An Interpersonal Approach
Since the advent of the Internet and increasingly mobile devices, we have witnessed dramatic changes in computer-mediated technologies and their roles in our lives. In the late 1990s, researchers began to identify problematic forms of Internet use, such as difficulty controlling the amount of time spent online. Today, people live in a perpetually digital and permanently connected world that presents many serious types of problematic Internet use besides deficient self-regulation. Thousands of studies have been published on interpersonal problems such as cyberbullying, cyberstalking, relationship conflicts about online behavior, and the increasingly problematic use of mobile devices during in-person interactions. The Changing Face of Problematic Internet Use: An Interpersonal Approach also examines future trends, including the recent development of being constantly connected to mobile devices and social networks. Research in these areas is fraught with controversy, inconsistencies, and findings that are difficult to compare and summarize. This book offers students and researchers an organized, theory-based, synthesis of research on these problems and explains how interpersonal theory and research help us better understand the problems that online behavior plays in our personal lives and social interactions.
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- New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Oxford, Wien, 2018. X, 250 pp.
- About the author(s)/editor(s)
- About the book
- This eBook can be cited
- 1. The Changing Face of Problematic Internet Use
- What Is “Problematic”?
- Changing Conceptualizations of Online Social Behavior
- Chapter Overviews
- 2. Online Habits, Compulsion, and Addiction
- Conceptual Approaches
- The Addiction Paradigm
- Cognitive Approaches: Problematic Online Habits
- Organizing and Summarizing 20 Years of Research: Three Common Threads
- Problematic Online Habits as an Interpersonal Communication Issue
- Interpersonal and Relational Consequences of Problematic Online Habits
- 3. Online Relational Transgressions
- Relational Rules and Transgressions
- Rules for Interaction and Relationships
- Online Infidelity and Romantic Relationship Transgressions
- Other Romantic Relationship Transgressions and Conflicts
- Online Friendship Transgressions
- Social Networking and Online Friendship Transgressions
- Future Research on Online Relational Transgressions
- 4. Cyberbullying and Online Interpersonal Aggression
- Similarities Between Cyberbullying and Traditional Bullying
- Estimating Cyberbullying Prevalence
- Correlates of Victimization
- Characteristics of Cyberbullies
- 5. Cyberstalking, Unwanted Pursuit, and Relational Intrusion
- Defining Cyberstalking
- Empirical Findings in Cyberstalking Research
- Addressing Conceptual Challenges in Cyberstalking Research
- 6. Copresent Device Use: Using Mobile Devices During In-Person Interaction
- Conversational Effects
- Explaining Copresent Use With Interpersonal Communication Theory
- Copresent Device Use Problems in Romantic Relationships
- Copresent Device Use in Parent-Child Relationships
- Summary of Copresent Device Use in Close Relationships
- 7. Moving Forward: An Agenda for Future Research
- Three Questions to Guide Future Research
- Using Interpersonal and Relational Theories to Advance Literature on Problematic Internet Use
- Author Index
- Subject Index
About the author(s)/editor(s)
Scott E. Caplan (PhD, Purdue University) is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Delaware.
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