Shearer, Russell Farr
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The current study tries to clarify what Axis I / Axis II symptoms are associated with different types of internet use. Quality of life and relationship satisfaction were secondary measures of association. Participants answered anonymous online questionnaires about their online behaviors, Axis I symptoms, quality of life, personalities, relationship satisfaction, and internet addiction. The questionnaires were disseminated via the internet through ads placed on blogs, dating sites, message boards, and sex themed communities. The sample totaled 163 unique users, some of whom did not complete all of the questionnaires, but were included in the analyses of the questionnaires they completed. The current study was successful in showing that as time spent on certain uses of the internet increases, so does the existence of more detrimental Axis I symptoms and the existence of aspects of Axis II personality dimensions. The participants who spend the most time on the internet involved in activities that could be carried out in real life instead seem to have the most problematic personalities and symptom profiles. This may be due to the ease with which they can exist on the internet rather than in real life. Implications of the current study and future directions are discussed.