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Cyberpsychol Behav. 2008 Dec;11(6):755-7. doi: 10.1089/cpb.2008.0035.

Information technology (IT) use and children's psychological well-being.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824, USA. Jackso67@msu.edu


The relationship between four types of information technology use and eight dimensions of psychological well-being were examined in a sample of 500 African American and Anglo-American girls and boys. Both parent and child ratings of well-being were considered. Findings indicated that greater IT use, but especially greater videogame use, was associated with lower psychological well-being, with one exception: greater Internet use for purposes other than communication was associated with greater psychological well-being. Greater Internet use for communication was associated with more social problems in real life. Gender and race differences in psychological well-being and IT use suggest that African American males may be at risk for the adverse effects of IT use because their videogame playing equals that of Anglo-American males, but their Internet use is the least of all groups.

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