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date: 18 January 2021

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This chapter provides an overview of the social consequences of online interaction. Research has provided mixed evidence about whether online interaction is helpful or harmful for well-being and social connectedness. This chapter highlights the factors that moderate the influence of online social interaction on outcomes, with a particular focus on user behaviors. The Interpersonal Connection Behaviors Framework suggests that the positive consequences of any given online interaction depend on the extent to which that interaction serves a relational purpose. Online interactions that promote connection build relationships and increase well-being via increased relational closeness and quality through processes such as self-disclosure and social support. Online interactions that do not promote connection are likely to fall prey to disadvantages like social comparison or loneliness.

Keywords: Internet, relationship, online interaction, belongingness, social support

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