Loneliness and Problematic Internet Use Among Young Adults

Mohan, Arya and Kaithavalappil, Syam Ravindran (2020) Loneliness and Problematic Internet Use Among Young Adults. International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning, 10 (2). pp. 19-30. ISSN 2155-7136

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Abstract

The popularity of the internet, due to its multifunctional nature, makes most individuals develop an uncontrollable obsessional pattern of usage, signifying negligence in other areas of life. With greater time spent on the internet, these individuals are devoid of quality time spent on real-time socializing,which might cause loneliness. Hence, the presentstudy is aimed at exploring the relationship between loneliness and problematic internet use among young adults. The UCLA three-item questionnaire and Problematic Internet Use Questionnaire short form-6 were administered among students aged between 18-25 years (n=212). A statistically significant relationship was found between loneliness and problematic internet use. Differences in loneliness between various religions were obtained. The analysis revealed a significant relation between alcohol users and high loneliness as well as tobacco users and high problematic internet use. The study tried to understand how the digital age of internet has an impact on the loneliness experienced by young adults

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Loneliness; Problematic Internet Use; Young Adults
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Clinical Psychology
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2020 06:11
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2020 06:11
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/155425

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