The bits and bytes of computer/internet addiction: A factor analytic approach

  • Marc E. Pratarelli
  • Blaine L. Browne
  • Kimberly Johnson
Clinical Applications


A factor analytic approach was used to explore possible constructs underlying so-called computer/Internet addiction. A 94-item survey was developed, from which two major and two minor factors were derived. Factor 1 focused on problematic computer-related behaviors in heavy users of the Internet, whereas Factor 2 focused on the usefulness and general purpose nature of computers and the Internet. Factor 3 isolated a combination of use of the Internet for sexual gratification and shyness/introversion, and Factor 4 focused on an absence of problems related to Internet use that were coupled with a mild aversion or a disinterest in this technology. These data support the notion that some individuals have a mixture of obsessive-like characteristics related specifically to their computer/Internet use but that, not surprisingly, they also exhibit a preference for on-line, rather than in-person, interactions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc E. Pratarelli
    • 1
  • Blaine L. Browne
    • 1
  • Kimberly Johnson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyOklahoma State UniversityStillwater

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