Problematic internet use loneliness and dating
Lonely individuals may be drawn online because of the increased potential for companionship, the changed social interaction patterns online, and as a way to modulate negative moods associated with loneliness. Problematic Internet use, loneliness and dating anxiety among young adult university students .
This study examines the relationship between internet addiction and loneliness among albanian students of University of Shkodra and the gender differences to this aspect.
Most of them reported the connection between excessive internet use with some social and psychological variables such as social isolation, depression and loneliness (Kraut et al., 1998), low self-esteem and complacency.
Internet addiction is a kind of consumer behavior that has attracted the attention of many studies.
Loneliness is a frequently reported mental illness addicted to the internet.
Also Ko et al (2007) reported that Internet addiction was linked to a variety of psychological variables such as shame, loneliness, anxiety, depression, and problems in interpersonal relationships.
In relation to loneliness more specifically, it is generally thought that this variable plays an important role in the development of IA, and thus warrants further need to study this phenomena.
Despite this shortcoming, previous studies tend to portray loneliness as a possible consequence of IA (Cooper, 1998; Kandell, 1998; Suler, 1999; Young, 1998b)21.