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Advances in Psychological Science    2014, Vol. 22 Issue (2) : 288-294     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.00288
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Is There Lower Social Anxiety Level in Online Interaction?
HE Jinbo;CHEN Changrun;HE Siqi;ZHOU Zongkui
(Key Laboratory of Adolescent Cyberpsychology and Behavior (CCNU), Ministry of Education; School of Psychology, Central China Normal University; Key Laboratory of Human Development and Mental Health of Hubei Province, Wuhan 430079, China)
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Internet has changed the way people interact with each other, especially the young people, by making them favor online interaction rather than face-to-face interaction. Previous studies have already provided evidences for a lower social anxiety in online interactions. They proved that people felt less social stress online than face-to-face interactions. Psychological explanations of above conclusion are offered from four aspects: self-disclosure, fears of evaluation, achievement motivation and behavioral inhibition system. However, those explanations still need supports from more integrated theories and objective experimental results.

Keywords online interaction      face-to-face interaction      social anxiety     
Corresponding Authors: ZHOU Zongkui   
Issue Date: 15 February 2014
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HE Jinbo,CHEN Changrun,HE Siqi, et al. Is There Lower Social Anxiety Level in Online Interaction?[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2014, 22(2): 288-294.
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