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The Changing Face of Problematic Internet Use

An Interpersonal Approach

Scott E. Caplan

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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Names: Caplan, Scott E., author. Title: The changing face of problematic internet use: an interpersonal approach / Scott E. Caplan. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2018. Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2017053419 | ISBN 978-1-4331-5099-9 (hardback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-3050-2 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4331-5100-2 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-5101-9 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-5102-6 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Internet—Social aspects. | Cyberspace—Social aspects. Compulsive behavior. Classification: LCC QA76.9.C66 C365 2018 | DDC 303.48/33—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b12612

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