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J Am Coll Health. 2007 Sep-Oct;56(2):137-44.

Internet use, abuse, and dependence among students at a southeastern regional university.

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West Virginia University, USA. beverlyf@usca.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess Internet use, abuse, and dependence.

PARTICIPANTS:

411 undergraduate students.

RESULTS:

Ninety percent of participants reported daily Internet use. Approximately half of the sample met criteria for Internet abuse, and one-quarter met criteria for Internet dependence. Men and women did not differ on the mean amount of time accessing the Internet each day; however, the reasons for accessing the Internet differed between the 2 groups. Depression was correlated with more frequent use of the Internet to meet people, socially experiment, and participate in chat rooms, and with less frequent face-to-face socialization. In addition, individuals meeting criteria for Internet abuse and dependence endorsed more depressive symptoms, more time online, and less face-to-face socialization than did those not meeting the criteria.

CONCLUSIONS:

Mental health and student affairs professionals should be alert to the problems associated with Internet overuse, especially as computers become an integral part of college life.

PMID:
17967759
DOI:
10.3200/JACH.56.2.137-146
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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