China College Students' Internet Usage Making Impacton Loneliness: The Role of Society Supporting Systems

[Speaker] Qing, Luo:1
[Co-author] Xiaojun, Sun:1,2, Yuan, Tian:1,2, Xiangen, Hu:1,2, Zongkui, Zhou:1,2
1:Key Laboratory of Adolescent Cyberpsychology and Behavior (CCNU), Ministry of Education (China (People's Republic of China)), 2:School of Psychology, Central China Normal University (China (People's Republic of China))

Abstract: In order to explore the relationship among Internet usage, loneliness, real and online social support of the college students, a total of 653 students of four universities in the midlands of China accepted investigation, and got results as following: (1) different Internet usage levels are significantly different from loneliness, and the higher the level is, the loneliness is lower; (2) Internet usage has a significantly negative predicting effect on loneliness, while online society support and the real society support on loneliness is a significantly negative predictor; (3) the real society support has mediating effects between Internet usage and loneliness, Internet usage both the direct impact on the sense of loneliness, but also by the real society support; (4) both the real society support and online society support have mediating effects on Internet usage and loneliness, which can cushion the impact of Internet usage on loneliness.
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