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Individual Differences and the Development of Internet Addiction: A Nationally Representative Study


Macur, M and Pontes, HM, Individual Differences and the Development of Internet Addiction: A Nationally Representative Study, Internet and Technology Addiction: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice, IGI Global, pp. 399-413. ISBN 9781522589006 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-8900-6.ch023


Internet addiction (IA) has emerged as a universal issue, but its international estimates vary due to different screening instruments and different samples. The present study aims to estimate the risk of IA in a school-based nationally representative sample of Slovenian adolescents and ascertain the interplay between IA, sociodemographic factors, free-time activities, self-control, and perceived satisfaction with life. Overall, the present study found that adolescents at greater risk for developing IA tend to be more passive in their free time, since they watch TV and play video games more than their peers, as well as chat on social media. Adolescents presenting high risk of IA displayed poorer levels of self-control in most cases and reported to be generally less satisfied with their lives in comparison to adolescents presenting low risk of IA.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:internet addiction, representative samples, individual differences, behavioural addictions
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Pontes, HM (Dr Halley de Oliveira Miguel Pontes)
ID Code:132503
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2019-05-08
Last Modified:2019-07-09

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