Mobile voice communication and loneliness: Cell phone use and the social skills deficit hypothesis

Published on Nov 1, 2013in New Media & Society4.80
· DOI :10.1177/1461444812466715
Borae Jin3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Yonsei University),
Namkee Park1
Estimated H-index: 1
This study developed a research model of mobile voice communication on the basis of the social skills deficit hypothesis. In the model, poor social skills were related to less face-to-face and mobile voice communication, which was linked to greater loneliness. Structural equation modeling analyses of survey responses from 374 adults supported the social skills deficit hypothesis in that poor social skills were related to less involvement in face-to-face communication and greater loneliness. Also, as expected, more face-to-face interactions were associated with lower levels of loneliness; however, more cell phone calling was associated with greater loneliness. Additional regression analyses revealed that the positive relationship between mobile voice communication and loneliness was more pronounced for those who have more friends than those who have fewer friends.
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Published on Dec 16, 2013
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Estimated H-index: 1
(CCNU: Central China Normal University),
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Estimated H-index: 4
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Estimated H-index: 3
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Estimated H-index: 14
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Estimated H-index: 46
Alex S. Taylor27
Estimated H-index: 27
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Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Texas at Austin),
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Estimated H-index: 23
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Published on May 1, 2010in New Media & Society4.80
Scott W. Campbell24
Estimated H-index: 24
(UM: University of Michigan),
Nojin Kwak22
Estimated H-index: 22
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Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Texas at Austin),
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Estimated H-index: 29
(University of Texas at Austin)
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Published on Feb 1, 2010in New Media & Society4.80
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Estimated H-index: 12
(Chalmers University of Technology)
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Rich Ling11
Estimated H-index: 11
(ITU: IT University of Copenhagen)
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Published on Jun 1, 2009in Personal Relationships1.10
Fen-Fang Tsai5
Estimated H-index: 5
(NUS: National University of Singapore),
Harry T. Reis58
Estimated H-index: 58
(UR: University of Rochester)
Although past research has associated loneliness with negative perceptions of others, P. Christensen and D. A. Kashy (1998), using the social relations model (SRM), found that among new acquaintances, loneliness was associated with more positive other-perceptions. SRM was used to examine loneliness and interpersonal perception within existing social networks. Seventy-three university students in the United States rated themselves and others on 19 attributes and also judged how they thought other...
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Estimated H-index: 5
(ASU: Arizona State University),
John Dimmick19
Estimated H-index: 19
(OSU: Ohio State University)
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Estimated H-index: 6
(CCU: National Chung Cheng University)
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Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Toulouse),
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Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Toulouse),
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Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Toulouse)
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Estimated H-index: 8
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Published on Jan 2, 2019in Health Communication1.85
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Estimated H-index: 37
(UA: University of Arizona)
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Estimated H-index: 10
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Estimated H-index: 8
(University of Tsukuba)
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Estimated H-index: 4
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Estimated H-index: 9
(Baylor University),
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Estimated H-index: 38
(Baylor University),
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Estimated H-index: 1
(Baylor University)
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