Internet use and addiction among Finnish adolescents (15-19 years)

J Adolesc. 2014 Feb;37(2):123-31. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2013.11.008. Epub 2013 Dec 10.

Abstract

This study investigates Internet use among Finnish adolescents (n = 475) combining qualitative and quantitative research. Internet use was evaluated using the Internet Addiction Test (Young, 1998a, 1998b). The data was divided into three parts according to the test scores: normal users (14.3%), mild over-users (61.5%), and moderate or serious over-users (24.2%). The most common reason for use was having fun. While half the students reported disadvantages associated with their use, further qualitative analysis revealed that students with serious overuse did not report any harm caused by using the Internet. As disadvantages of using the Internet, students reported that it is time-consuming and causes mental, social, and physical harm and poor school attendance. Four factors of Internet addiction were found, and for two of them, a statistical difference between females and males was found.

Keywords: Internet addiction; Internet use.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Behavior, Addictive / complications
  • Behavior, Addictive / epidemiology*
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • Finland / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Internet / statistics & numerical data*
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Qualitative Research
  • Sex Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires