Internet Use and Happiness
In order to explore the relationship between happiness and Internet use, an Internet Use Scale (IUS) was developed and administered to college students along with the Flourishing Scale  and the Satisfaction with Life Scale . A factor analysis of the IUS revealed three components of Internet use (time spent on the Internet; use of the Internet for information gathering; and use of the Internet for affective expression). Time spent on the Internet was negatively related to both happiness measures; information gathering was positively related to Flourishing scores; and affective expression was unrelated to happiness.
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