Internet and well-being

Internet and well-being Michael Argyle was fascinated by the new topic of the Internet and well-being. He was one of the first scholars to see that the Internet was likely to become a major influence on the mental health of much of the population ( Hills & Argyle, 2003 ). Argyle’s enthusiasm for this new topic will come as no surprise to anyone who knew him. First because his natural zest for life and new ideas was not limited by age or circumstance; and secondly because he was a true pioneer, whose work was always one step ahead of contemporary academic research. He was an innovator in many diverse areas, including those of nonverbal communication, social skills, personal relationships and above all, the understanding of the factors that make up and enhance human well-being. For Michael, research into well-being was not just a theoretical study; it was a reflection of his genuine and deeply felt interest in human beings and their welfare. Michael possessed great optimism and it was this that led him to focus on the positive aspects of life. It was he who introduced the concept of happiness as a major research topic for social psychologists ( Argyle, 1987 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Computers in Human Behavior Elsevier

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Publisher
Elsevier
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Copyright © 2005 Elsevier Ltd
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0747-5632
DOI
10.1016/j.chb.2005.08.009
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Abstract

Michael Argyle was fascinated by the new topic of the Internet and well-being. He was one of the first scholars to see that the Internet was likely to become a major influence on the mental health of much of the population ( Hills & Argyle, 2003 ). Argyle’s enthusiasm for this new topic will come as no surprise to anyone who knew him. First because his natural zest for life and new ideas was not limited by age or circumstance; and secondly because he was a true pioneer, whose work was always one step ahead of contemporary academic research. He was an innovator in many diverse areas, including those of nonverbal communication, social skills, personal relationships and above all, the understanding of the factors that make up and enhance human well-being. For Michael, research into well-being was not just a theoretical study; it was a reflection of his genuine and deeply felt interest in human beings and their welfare. Michael possessed great optimism and it was this that led him to focus on the positive aspects of life. It was he who introduced the concept of happiness as a major research topic for social psychologists ( Argyle, 1987

Journal

Computers in Human BehaviorElsevier

Published: Mar 1, 2007

References

  • Uses of the Internet and their relationships with individual differences in personality
    Hills, P.; Argyle, M.

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