International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 9 Num. 1 - March 2009


Self-reported use of Internet among adolescents: Psychological profile of elevated internet use.

Volume 9 Num. 1 - March 2009 - Pages 109-122


Ferran Vi?as Poch


Excessive use of the Internet, defined by the number of hours spent surfing the web,
can affect an adolescent?s social life and school performance, and as a consequence, lead
parents to seek psychological help. In order to know the level and characteristics of
Internet use among adolescents, determine the psychological profile of excessive Internet
use and create a model that can predict it, a study with a probabilistic sample of 359
adolescents (12-17 years old) from the city of Girona has been carried out. Personality
(NEO-FFI), coping (ACS), hopelessness and Internet use have been evaluated. Among
the subjects studied, 6.7% devote more than 30 hours a week to the Internet (more than
four hours a day) and 10.2% remain connected after midnight (especially the boys).
Surfing the Internet from one?s own computer after midnight, coping by finding relief
among other peers and feelings of hopelessness are the best indicators of elevated Internet

Key words:

excessive Internet use, personality, coping, hopelessness.

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