Internet Addiction

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Also, Wang and Wang (2013) affirmed that the use of internet excessively results into problematic internet use or internet addiction that has been identified as a mental health problem. Moreover, a person who is addicted to the internet usage displays specific characteristics such as constant thinking with the internet, need for an increasing amount of time spent in order to obtain similar satisfaction, inability to stop on its use; interferes with his / her life experiences and symptoms of withdrawal when internet is not being used. In the study conducted by Wang and Wang (2013), having a total of 1,642 as sample of members of online social communities who took part of the study, the findings indicate that social support and social interaction…show more content…
He suggested that it should not be Internet Addiction; perhaps it should be termed as “Netomania” or “Internetomania.” Furthermore, Griffith (2000) argued that the users are not addicted to the internet but rather to the technology itself because of the reason that internet is use as a tool for communication which is clearly technology. In this study, Caplan’s (2010) Generalized Problematic Internet Use Scale was used. In his instrument, he introduced five subscales of problematic internet use and these are: (a) preference for online social interaction, (b) mood regulation, (c) compulsive internet use, (d) cognitive preoccupation and last, (e) negative outcomes.
Preference for online Social Interaction
According to Caplan (2003), preference for online social interaction is a “cognitive individual-difference construct characterized by beliefs that one is safer, more efficacious, more confident and more comfortable with online interpersonal interactions and relationships than with the traditional face to face social activities” (p.629). Several studies conducted a study with this support the claim that people who display problems in their interpersonal connection, such as being
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In the study of Caplan and High (2007), it was found that if the person has cognitive preoccupation, the outcomes are negative and more pronounced. Meaning, individual may experience negative outcomes in using the internet depending on how they think. Shapira and her colleagues (2003) proposed that both cognitive preoccupation and problematic pattern are the factors that entail the problematic internet
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