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Loneliness and Internet Use

Where does it take us?

At any given moment, hundreds of millions of people from all around the world are surfing the Internet, partaking in the seemingly endless digital activities which cover virtually every aspect of life, including work, study, leisure and social interaction. The social components of the Internet include an endless variety of services and websites that seem to cover every social need.

Since 2006, commensurate with their increasing diffusion, social networks have become extremely influential in the social lives of many individuals. People rely on such networks to build and maintain their social contacts. This has led to the question of whether this new opportunity to be in social contact around the clock has enhanced people's wellbeing. This is an important question, given the evidence that the epidemic disease of modern life is loneliness

Where does it take us?

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