The association between Internet addiction and dissociation among Turkish college students

Compr Psychiatry. 2012 Jul;53(5):422-6. doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2011.08.006. Epub 2011 Oct 13.

Abstract

Purpose: This study aimed to investigate Internet use patterns and Internet addiction among young adult university students and to examine the correlation between excessive Internet use and dissociative symptoms.

Methods: The study was conducted among 1034 students, aged between 18 and 27 years. Internet Addiction Scale, Dissociative Experiences Scale, and a sociodemographic query form were used in the collection of data. Pearson correlation analysis, the t test, and χ(2) test were used for data analysis.

Results: According to the Internet Addiction Scale, 9.7% of the study sample was addicted to the Internet. The Pearson correlation analysis results revealed a significant positive correlation between dissociative experiences and Internet addiction (r = 0.220; P < .001) and weekly Internet use (r = 0.227; P < .001). Levels of Internet addiction were significantly higher among male students than female students (P < .001). The Internet use pattern also differed significantly between sexes.

Conclusions: According to the results of this study, Internet addiction is a relatively frequent phenomenon among young adult college students in Turkey. Excessive Internet use is associated with higher levels of dissociative symptoms.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Behavior, Addictive / epidemiology*
  • Behavior, Addictive / psychology
  • Comorbidity
  • Dissociative Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Dissociative Disorders / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Sex Distribution
  • Turkey / epidemiology
  • Young Adult