Ariel Hernandez, Texas A&M University – Kingsville

the influence of gender and personality on levels of social anxiety and excessive internet usage

Abstract: The internet is a resource that has become integrated into daily life and a resource that many people have become heavily reliant on. In previous studies, correlations have been presented between internet usage and social anxiety. The proposed study will investigate the role of personality and gender, and how these variables affect the participant’s levels of social anxiety and excessive internet usage. The Big Five Personality Inventory, the Problematic Internet Usage Questionnaire (PIQU-SF-6), and the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS) are used to assess the given variables. The survey was distributed to a sample of 54 students attending Texas A&M University-Kingsville. We hypothesized that women, as compared to men, will display higher levels of social anxiety and greater Internet usage. We hypothesize that all individuals with greater levels of social anxiety will exhibit a greater amount of internet usage. The researcher has also hypothesized that participants with significantly higher traits of extroversion and neuroticism will evidence higher levels of internet usage, along with neuroticism contributing to greater levels of social anxiety. We expect that women as compared to men will score higher in social anxiety and neuroticism and these aspects will contribute to greater internet usage for women.

Presentation Author(s):
Ariel Hernandez*

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