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The Association Between Internet User Characteristics and Dimensions of Internet Addiction Among Greek Adolescents

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This study examined how internet users’ psychological characteristics, amount of internet use and demographic factors contribute to particular dimensions of internet addiction. The sample consisted of 384 adolescents, ranging in age from 15 to 18 years. Participants were asked to complete the Internet Addiction Test (IAT), measures of Locus of Control, Depression, Loneliness, Self-esteem, and Social Anxiety as well as an inventory that included demographic factors and questions about the amount of Internet use. Results revealed significant associations between variables and different sets of predictors across the four dimensions of Internet use behaviour identified in the study. However, locus of control, depression, and amount of internet use were significant predictors of all internet addiction dimensions. Recommendations are provided on how researchers can strengthen the field of research concerning how internet addiction is manifested and which adolescent internet users are more susceptible to different manifestations of addiction.

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Andreou, E., Svoli, H. The Association Between Internet User Characteristics and Dimensions of Internet Addiction Among Greek Adolescents. Int J Ment Health Addiction 11, 139–148 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-012-9404-3

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Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Internet addiction
  • User characteristics
  • Amount of internet use