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Internet/computer addiction among juveniles in Turkey

By Seda Ozmutlu, H. Cenk Ozmutlu and Amanda H. Spink

Abstract

Internet and computer addiction has been a popular research area since the 90s. Studies on Internet and computer addiction have usually been conducted in the US, and the investigation of computer and Internet addiction at different countries is an interesting area of research. This study investigates computer and Internet addiction among teenagers and Internet cafe visitors in Turkey. We applied a survey to 983 visitors in the Internet cafes. The results show that the Internet cafe visitors are usually teenagers, mostly middle and high-school students and usually are busy with computer and Internet applications like chat, e-mail, browsing and games. The teenagers come to the Internet cafe to spend time with friends and the computers. In addition, about 30% of cafe visitors admit to having an Internet addiction, and about 20% specifically mention the problems that they are having with the Internet. It is rather alarming to consider the types of activities that the teenagers are performing in an Internet cafe, their reasons for being there, the percentage of self-awareness about Internet addiction, and the lack of control of applications in the cafe

Topics: 080700 LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES
Publisher: American Society for Information Science and Technology
Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1002/meet.1450440212
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:48420
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