Article focuses on the common phenomenon of involvement in the activities
on the internet, such as participating in social networks. The measurement
tool of a sense of virtual integration among internet users, is proposed. So-called,
the VSI indicator (Virtual Social Integration) is defined as a need of affiliation that
enhances in a virtual environment during online activities in social context. Presented
studies show reliability and the validity of the measurement scale. The significances
of internet users’ sense of social support, their number of online relationships
and online activities’ diversity, are evidenced in relations with investigated VSI.
Furthermore, there is no relation between VSI and internet addiction. Thus, it is
identified as a beneficial social phenomenon that is a common practice of maintaining
social bonds into virtual environment.
Key words: virtual social integration, online social relationships, sense of virtual