October 09, 2012, 11:52 PM — If you're baring your soul on the Internet, there's also a good chance you're spending too much time online, new research shows.
Clemson University professor Joseph Mazer and Texas Christian University professor Andrew M. Ledbetter said in an article published in the Southern Communications Journal that people inclined to disclose a lot about themselves online, to seek online social connections and who experience online anxiety likely are compulsive or excessive Internet users and have low feelings of self-regard.
In the abstract to their paper, "Online Communication Attitudes as Predictors of Problematic Internet Use and Well-Being Outcomes," Mazer and Ledbetter write:
This investigation involved testing a theoretical model whereby online communication attitudes (including self-disclosure, social connection, apprehension, convenience, and miscommunication) predict problematic Internet use and, in turn, poor well-being outcomes. The results generally supported the model with self-disclosure and social connection being predictive of compulsive Internet use and excessive Internet use. Apprehension emerged as a significant predictor of compulsive Internet use, whereas convenience and miscommunication were predictive of excessive Internet use. Compulsive, but not excessive, Internet use was predictive of poor well-being outcomes. The data also suggest that compulsive Internet use mediates the relationship between online communication attitude and well-being.
Translation: Some people need to step away from the computer and address some issues.