I'm Always Online: Well-Being and Main Sources of Life Dis/Satisfaction of Heavy Internet Users

I'm Always Online: Well-Being and Main Sources of Life Dis/Satisfaction of Heavy Internet Users

Tihana Brkljačić (Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Croatia), Filip Majetić (Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Croatia) and Anja Wertag (Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Croatia)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3477-8.ch004

Abstract

Internet use has become an integral part of our lives. It provides a lot of benefits; however, excessive use can have serious consequences for one's well-being. Therefore, the aim of this chapter is to explore well-being of heavy Internet users. Empirical research was conducted on 500 students of engineering, who were divided into groups based on the total time per day reported spending in various online activities. The comparison of subjective well-being and sources of life satisfaction and dissatisfaction showed that heavy Internet users were less happy compared to light users. Heavy Internet users found more satisfaction in various entertainment activities, while light users found more satisfaction in love life and family. Findings of this research provide some important theoretical findings, but also point out that the continuing research is needed to further explore the relation between Internet addiction, time spent online, and well-being.
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Time Spent Online and Internet Addiction

Various research confirmed positive relationship between higher consumption and a higher level of addiction (e.g. Chen & Fu, 2009, Beutel et al., 2011; Frangos, Frangos & Sotiropoulos, 2011). Likewise, an increased amount of time spent on the Internet, i.e. excessive Internet use represents a fundamental indicator of Internet addiction (Chou, Condron, & Belland, 2005). As an illustration, amount of time spent on the Internet was an item in the Young’s (1996) Internet Addiction Diagnostic Questionnaire. To investigate Internet addiction of adolescents, Müller et al. (2016) explored, among other things, the frequency of their online activities (e.g. gambling, pornography). Furthermore, Soule, Shell, and Kleen (2003, p. 66) emphasized “long hours” of Internet use as one of the Internet addiction symptoms, while Weinstein and Lejoyeux (2010) highlighted “higher frequency of Internet use” as a factor “predictive of problematic Internet use” (p. 280). Finally, Young’s (1998) research results show that Internet dependents spent an average of 39.5 hours per week on Internet activities, while Internet non-dependents spent an average of 4.9 hours. According to Chou, Condron, and Belland (2005), Chen and Chou (1999) reported that the Internet addiction “high-risk” group spent about 20 hours per week online, while the “non–high-risk” group spent about 9 hours online.

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