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Examining the interplay between Internet Use Disorder tendencies and well-being in relation to sofalizing during the COVID-19 pandemic

Universität zu Lübeck; Universität Ulm

The Universität zu Lübeck as well as the Universität Ulm investigated the potential links between Internet Use Disorder and well-being, realting to sofalizing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Disziplin: Sozial, Gesundheit, Psychologie
  • Forschungsmethode: Quantitativ
  • Forschungsdesign: Primärerhebung, Offene Befragung (selbstselektiert)
  • Erhebungsstatus: Open-Access-Publikation, Erhebung abgeschlossen, Ergebnisse veröffentlicht

Ziele der Studie

During the pandemic and specifically in time of physical distancting, it is likely that online users attempt to compensate social needs by using the Internet. Social interactions via the Internet only may lead to decreased well-being. Given that, the study aimed to potential mediating role of the two domains of Sofalizing (i.e., Online Displacement and Social Compensation) in the relationship between Internet Use Disorder and well-being. In addition to that, the study investigated if changes in Internet use would be linked to well-being, finding that the negative association between Internet use/Internet Use Disorder and the well-being can be empirically confirmed.




Between August 2021 and September 2022, the data of overall 2,498 participants have been collected within a large randomized controlled trial. Recruiting the participants took place via online activities inluding Social Media Channel such as Facebook or Instagram as well as TV, radio, newspapers and press releases. The information were finally collected by to be filled in questionnaires such as the Sofalizing Scale and the capturing of the sample’s online behaviour. The data were analyzed through statistical methods, i.e. descriptive statistics and estimating as well as providing gender difference comparison. Data collection is currently still ongoing.



The data from this study is not yet available for open re-use. Please contact the responsible persons of the study.