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J Behav Addict. 2017 Jun 1;6(2):229-236. doi: 10.1556/2006.6.2017.017. Epub 2017 May 12.

Effects of time perspective and self-control on procrastination and Internet addiction.

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1 National Forensic Service , Wonju, South Korea.
2 Department of Psychology, Chung-Ang University , Seoul, South Korea.


Background and aims College students experiencing stress show tendencies to procrastinate and can develop Internet addiction problems. This study investigated the structural relationship between time perspective and self-control on procrastination and Internet addiction. Methods College students (Nā€‰=ā€‰377) residing in South Korea completed the following questionnaires: the Pathological Internet Use Behavior Symptom Scale for Adults, the Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory, the Self-Control Rating Scale, and the Aitken Procrastination Inventory. The sample variance-covariance matrix was analyzed using AMOS 20.0. Results Time perspective had a direct effect on self-control and an indirect effect on Internet use and procrastination. In addition, self-control affected procrastination and Internet use. Conclusions Individuals with a present-oriented time perspective tend to evidence poorer self-control, increasing the likelihood of procrastination and Internet addiction. Individuals with a future-oriented time perspective, on the other hand, tend to have stronger self-control, decreasing their risk of procrastination and Internet addiction.


Internet addiction; procrastination; self-control; time perspective

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