View More View Less
  • 116 International Gaming Research Unit, Psychology Division, Nottingham Trent University, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU, UK
  • 216 Institute for Health Promotion and Sports Sciences, Faculty of Education and Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University, Bogdánfy u. 10, H-1117, Budapest, Hungary
Open access

Abstract

Aims

The purpose of the study was to seek a better insight into whether the online medium or the online activity was more important in relation to excessive online use. It is not clear whether those people who spend excessive amounts of time on the Internet are engaged in general Internet or whether excessive Internet use is linked to specific activities.

Methods

Perceived changes in Internet use habits as function of hypothetical accessibility of favorite sites were investigated in young adults. University students (n = 130, mean age = 20.6 years) who had (on average) spent over 20 hours a week on the Internet for at least nine years completed a survey. The most favored online activities and expected quality of life without Internet access were also investigated.

Results

Findings revealed that social networking was by far the most popular online activity, and that lack of access to their preferred online activities would drop by 65% (as measured by perceived Internet usage). Approximately one in six participants (16%) claimed they would not even switch on the computer if access to their favorite online activities were unavailable. In relation to a hypothetical question about the quality of life without Internet access, the responses were normally distributed (rather than skewed).

Conclusions

These results show that time spent with Internet activity is not random and/or generalized, but appears more focused. Attraction or addiction on Internet to one or more specific behavior(s) may be a better way forward in the quest for better understanding excessive human behavior in the online environment.

If the inline PDF is not rendering correctly, you can download the PDF file here.

  • C S Andreassen T Torsheim G S Brunborg S Pallesen 2012 Development of a Facebook addiction scale Psychological Reports 110 501 517.

  • British Psychological Society 2010 Code of human research ethics.

  • M D Griffiths 2000 Internet addiction — Time to be taken seriously? Addiction Research 8 413 418.

  • M D Griffiths 2000 Excessive internet use: Implications for sexual behavior CyberPsychology and Behavior 3 537 552.

  • M D Griffiths 2001 Sex on the Internet: Observations and implications for sex addiction Journal of Sex Research 38 333 342.

  • The Internet Society 2012 Global Internet User Survey 2012.

  • D L King M C Haagsma P H Delfabbro M S Gradisar M D Griffiths 2013 Toward a consensus definition of pathological video-gaming: A systematic review of psychometric assessment tools Clinical Psychology Review 33 331 342.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • D J Kuss M D Griffiths 2011 Online social networking and addiction: A literature review of empirical research International Journal of Environmental and Public Health 8 3528 3552.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Pew Research Center 2012 Older adults and internet use; For the first time, half of adults ages 65 and older are online.

  • U.S. Department of HealthHuman Services 2006 The health consequences of involuntary exposure to tobacco smoke: A report of the Surgeon General.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • K Young 1999 The research and controversy surrounding Internet addiction CyberPsychology and Behavior 2 381 383.

  • K Young 1999 Internet addiction: Symptoms, evaluation and treatment L VandeCreek T Jackson Innovations in clinical practice: A source book Professional Resource Press Sarasota, FL 19 31.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation

Monthly Content Usage

Abstract Views Full Text Views PDF Downloads
Jun 2020 0 11 9
Jul 2020 30 3 3
Aug 2020 8 9 13
Sep 2020 0 26 28
Oct 2020 0 33 33
Nov 2020 0 30 22
Dec 2020 0 0 0