Can Internet Usage Positively or Negatively Affect Interpersonal Relationship?

  • Chih-Hung Lai
  • Chunn-Ying Lin
  • Cheng-Hung Chen
  • Hwei-Ling Gwung
  • Chia-Hao Li
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 20)


Many past studies showed that Internet addiction negatively affected the interpersonal relationship. However, new functions on the Internet provide more online interactions, especially some social websites such as Facebook which enables individuals to establish new relationships with acquaintances, as well as maintain close relationships with friends. This drives us to the questions whether the Internet is detrimental to one’s interpersonal relationship or whether, instead, it might enhance one’s interpersonal relationship. This study examined the association among Internet addiction, various Internet usage, and interpersonal relationships. In total, 444 valid copies of questionnaires were collected from a university. The results indicated that the Internet functions on social interaction, video watching, and information seeking can enhance interpersonal relationship while porn-website surfing and game playing cannot directly affect interpersonal relationship. On the other hand, the social interaction, porn-website surfing, and video watching led to poor interpersonal relationship mediated by Internet addiction.


Internet addiction Interpersonal relationship Internet usage 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chih-Hung Lai
    • 1
  • Chunn-Ying Lin
    • 2
  • Cheng-Hung Chen
    • 3
  • Hwei-Ling Gwung
    • 1
  • Chia-Hao Li
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and Information EngineeringNational Dong Hwa UniversityHualienTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Early Childhood EducationNational Dong Hwa UniversityHualienTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of Educational Administration and MangementNational Dong Hwa UniversityHualienTaiwan
  4. 4.Department of Curriculum Design and Human Potentials DevelopmentNational Dong Hwa UniversityHualienTaiwan, R.O.C.

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