The Association between Internet Addiction and Psychosocial Variables

The Association between Internet Addiction and Psychosocial Variables

Bahadir Bozoglan (Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey) and Veysel Demirer (Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8595-6.ch010
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Abstract

The past decade has seen plenty of studies focusing on Internet use and Internet addiction. This is because the Internet provides information about variety of topics all over world and is easily accessed. Arguments concerning the association between excessive use and Internet addiction are ongoing. There is not yet a clear, consensus definition of Internet addiction. In this chapter, we discuss previous research and implications for future studies regarding Internet addiction and its most studied psychosocial variables: depression, loneliness, social anxiety, self-esteem, life satisfaction, and social support.
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Who Are Addicted To Internet And Permanent Or Temporary?

According to Lin and Tsai (2002), Internet-addicted people tend to spend more time on the Internet and get excited while they are on the Internet. They use the Internet compulsively and show withdrawal symptoms, and confess that Internet affects negatively their lives in areas like school, health, and parental relationships. From the point of clinicians, Internet users may develop characteristics such as depression, bipolar disorder, sexual compulsion, or loneliness (Morahan-Martin, 2005). Yang and Tung (2007) suggested that those with psychological disorders, such as dependence, extreme shyness, depression, and low self-esteem, had higher tendency to develop Internet addiction.

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