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

Macur, M and Pontes, HM ORCID: 0000-0001-8020-7623 2019 , 'Individual Differences and the Development of Internet Addiction: A Nationally Representative Study', in Internet and Technology Addiction: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice , IGI Global, pp. 399-413.

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Abstract

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 Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Macur, M and Pontes, HM
Keywords: internet addiction, representative samples, individual differences, behavioural addictions
Publisher: IGI Global
DOI / ID Number: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8900-6.ch023
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Copyright 2018 IGI Global

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