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Shyness and Internet Use

Published on Dec 16, 2013
· DOI :10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.01651
Luo Qing1
Estimated H-index: 1
(CCNU: Central China Normal University),
Zhou Zongkui3
Estimated H-index: 3
+ 2 AuthorsKong Fanchang4
Estimated H-index: 4
Abstract
Shyness is a temperamental trait that refers to tension and discomfort when facing a new social environment and/or consciousness of situations in which social evaluation is taking place.Shyness prevents people from normal interpersonal communication.However,with the emergence of the Internet,naturally shy people have found a way to reduce the level of nervousness and discomfort they normally feel during face-to-face communication.Internet use can have both a positive and negative impact on shyness.The positive impact is that it can reduce the level of shyness;but the negative impact is that for shy individuals,the internet can become an addiction.In future studies,there is a need to investigate the mediating and moderating variables between shyness and internet use,exploring in depth the relationship between shyness and internet use.
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