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Haven't we met somewhere before? The effects of a brief internet introduction on social anxiety in a subsequent face to face interaction.
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PMID:  22466023     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Social anxiety occurs in a range of social situations, the salience of which is influenced by prevailing modes of social contact. The emergence of computer mediated communication (CMC), buoyed by the recent explosion of social networks, has changed the way many people make and maintain social contacts. We randomly assigned 30 socially anxious and 30 low social anxiety participants to a brief internet chat introduction or a control internet surfing condition followed by a standardized face to face (FTF) interaction. We hypothesized that for socially anxious participants the chat introduction would reduce anxiety of and preference to avoid the subsequent FTF interaction. Results supported hypotheses for most indices. Findings suggest that, at least for the common situation in which internet chat precedes FTF interaction with the same person, such contact may reduce social anxiety. It is not known whether this decrease would generalize to FTF contact in other contexts. It is suggested that CMC might be construed as a particularly useful form of safety behavior that may help in the allocation of attentional resources to process new information relevant for disconfirmation of negative beliefs maintaining social anxiety. Potential clinical implications are discussed.
Omer Markovitzky; Gideon E Anholt; Joshua D Lipsitz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-2-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Behaviour research and therapy     Volume:  50     ISSN:  1873-622X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-4-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372477     Medline TA:  Behav Res Ther     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  359-365     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Psychology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel.
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