Differential Psychological Impact of Internet Exposure on Internet Addicts – cover

Date: 2013-02-19

Reference number: OPUSeJ 201302191407PIA

Links: to published article: http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0055162

To Forum: http://www.opusej.org/library/1261-2/

Title: Differential Psychological Impact of Internet Exposure on Internet Addicts

Authors: Romano M1, Osborne L A2, Truzoli R1, Reed P2*

Abstract: The study explored the immediate impact of internet exposure on the mood and psychological states of internet addicts and low internet-users. Participants were given a battery of psychological tests to explore levels of internet addiction, mood, anxiety, depression, schizotypy, and autism traits. They were then given exposure to the internet for 15 min, and re-tested for mood and current anxiety. Internet addiction was associated with long-standing depression, impulsive nonconformity, and autism traits. High internet-users also showed a pronounced decrease in mood following internet use compared to the low internet-users. The immediate negative impact of exposure to the internet on the mood of internet addicts may contribute to increased usage by those individuals attempting to reduce their low mood by re-engaging rapidly in internet use.

Author bio: N/A

Sponsor editor: César A. Hidalgo, MIT, United States of America

Affiliations/disclaimers/funding/acknowledgements: 1 Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy. 2 Swansea University, Swansea, United Kingdom. *Corresponding Author e-mail: p.reed@swansea.ac.uk The authors have no support or funding to report. The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Keywords: N/A

Subject: Social Science/ addiction psychology

Language: English

Bibliography: see Forum

Citation:  Romano, M et al, 2013, “Differential Psychological Impact of Internet Exposure on Internet Addicts”, PLoS ONE 8(2): e55162. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0055162 http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0055162

References: see Forum http://www.opusej.org/library/1261-2/

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