Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

McAllister, Carolyn


Internet use is a growing trend in today’s society, and there are many variables surrounding use that can potentially affect individuals’ psychological well-being. The purpose of this study is to discover if the motivation for Internet use has a direct effect on individuals experiencing social isolation. An Explanatory Design was utilized for this study, and participants were comprised of 47 adult males and females. Quantitative data was collected for this study through use of online surveys, such as Internet use (observed motivation and frequency) survey, JongGierveld Loneliness Scale (explored emotional and social loneliness) and The Big 5 Personality Inventory (viewed personality traits). A significant finding of this study was that there was a positive relationship between individuals who are highly agreeable and the frequency of their Internet use. This study was unable to produce conclusive data on how motivation for Internet use influences episodes of social isolation. The results of this study do demonstrate the wide use of the Internet by adults, and reinforce the importance of incorporating this use in assessment and treatment of clients. Information obtained from this study also has potential to stimulate means of advocacy for protective Internet policies and formation of educational programs designed to highlight best practices for Internet use.

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