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Cyberpsychol Behav. 2007 Apr;10(2):220-5.

Internet café addiction of Taiwanese adolescents.

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Department of Electronic Commerce, WuFeng Institute of Technology, 117 Chian-Kuo Road Section 2, Ming-Hsiung, Chia-yi 621, Taiwan, R.O.C. cswu.mis@gmail.com

Abstract

With the recent vigorous development, the Internet has become a part of life. And the Internet café has become an emerging industry under this new wave of Internet heat. However, the Internet café has also brought about many unexpected social problems and negative effects on society in Taiwan. For example, Internet café addiction (or pathological use) is a particular phenomenon derived from Internet café in Taiwan. But currently there are just a few scholars who attend to this problem. This study focuses mainly on the phenomenon of Internet café addiction among adolescents in Taiwan, the Internet café patronage behavior, and the cause of this phenomenon. Result of a questionnaire survey indicate that a significant difference exists between male and female adolescent in the following two aspects: "the stay hours for each visit in Internet café" and "Internet café addiction scores." Males' stay hours in Internet café are longer than females', and males also get higher Internet café addiction scores than females. The results also indicate that participants' degree of self-esteem and support from their social network can account for 30% of variance of Internet café addiction. Further, the results also suggest that social support is positively related to Internet café addiction score, whereas a negative relationship between self-esteem and Internet café addiction score is observed.

PMID:
17474839
DOI:
10.1089/cpb.2006.9965
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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