Internet and social support: Online sociability and psychosocial adjustment in the information society

Authors

  • Asur Fuente Universidad de Oviedo
  • Juan Herrero Universidad de Oviedo
  • Enrique Gracia Universitat de Valencia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5944/ap.7.1.201

Keywords:

Internet, social support, online communities, offline communities

Abstract

Social support from intimate and confidant relationships has been traditionally linked to a better psychological well-being. With the arrival of Internet, however, other forms of social relationship demand our attention. In the present article, we pay attention to online social relationshisps as potential sources of social support, specifically for those potentially impaired in the face-to-face interaction and, thus, at risk of social exclusion. In this sense, recent research suggests that online social relationships could be parallel online social relationships in terms of the benefits derived from social support (whether online or offline).

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Author Biographies

Asur Fuente, Universidad de Oviedo

Departamento de Psicología

Juan Herrero, Universidad de Oviedo

Departamento de Psicología

Enrique Gracia, Universitat de Valencia

Departamento de Psicología

How to Cite

Fuente, A., Herrero, J., & Gracia, E. (2012). Internet and social support: Online sociability and psychosocial adjustment in the information society. Acción Psicológica, 7(1), 9–15. https://doi.org/10.5944/ap.7.1.201

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Artículos del monográfico [Monograph´s articles]