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ERIC Number: EJ910013
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Internet Communication versus Face-to-Face Interaction in Quality of Life
Lee, Paul S. N.; Leung, Louis; Lo, Venhwei; Xiong, Chengyu; Wu, Tingjun
Social Indicators Research, v100 n3 p375-389 Feb 2011
This study seeks to understand the role of the Internet in quality of life (QoL). Specifically, it examines the question of whether Internet communication serves, like face-to-face interactions, to enhance quality of life. It is hypothesized that the use of the Internet for interpersonal communication can improve quality of life among Internet users, just like face-to-face communication in everyday life. Sample survey data were collected in four Chinese cities, namely Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, and Wuhan, to serve as replicates to test the hypothesis. The Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) of Diener ("1984") was used to measure quality of life in the four cities. It was found that contrary to our expectation, Internet communication cannot predict quality of life while face-to-face communication with friends and family members can. The result was the same across the four Chinese cities. Possible reasons for this finding are examined and discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; China (Beijing); Hong Kong; Taiwan
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