Internet addiction in the island of Hippocrates: the associations between internet abuse and adolescent off-line behaviours
Article first published online: 13 JUN 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health © 2011 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 17, Issue 1, pages 37–44, February 2012
How to Cite
Fisoun, V., Floros, G., Geroukalis, D., Ioannidi, N., Farkonas, N., Sergentani, E., Angelopoulos, N. and Siomos, K. (2012), Internet addiction in the island of Hippocrates: the associations between internet abuse and adolescent off-line behaviours. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 17: 37–44. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2011.00605.x
- Issue published online: 21 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 13 JUN 2011
- Accepted for publication: 9 December 2010 Published online: 13 June 2011
- Internet addictive behaviours;
- antisocial behaviour
Background: To investigate the phenomenon of internet addiction and concurrent social (off-line) behaviours of an adolescent population a cross-sectional survey of the entire adolescent student population (N = 1270, aged 14–18) of the island of Kos in Greece was conducted.
Method: Completion by the survey participants of a demographic questionnaire, the 8-question YDQ (Diagnostic Questionnaire for Internet Addiction) and the 20-question IAT (Internet Addiction Test), followed by comparative analysis between and within usage groups.
Results: Results demonstrate that 7.2% of male and 5.1% of female internet users present addictive behaviours while using the internet.
Conclusions: Anti-social, aggressive behaviours were significantly correlated with an increase to the pattern of abusive internet use in both sexes. Boys and girls had distinct profiles of off-line and online preferences. Boys tended to favour interest-driven online activities as their levels of addictive behaviour increased while girls favoured communication-driven online activities.