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ERIC Number: ED416838
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Pages: 19
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An Exploratory Study of Internet Addiction, Usage and Communication Pleasure.
Chou, Chien; Chou, Jung; Tyan, Nay-Ching Nancy
This study examined the correlation between Internet addiction, usage, and communication pleasure. Research questions were: (1) What is computer network addiction? (2) How can one measure the degree of computer network addiction? (3) What is the correlation between the degree of users' network addiction and their network usage? (4) What is the correlation between the degree of users' network addiction and their self-reported communication pleasure? and (5) What research questions are recommended for future studies on computer network addiction? A survey was distributed on the National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan) Internet bulletin board systems (BBS). The survey contained three parts: the Internet-Related Addictive Behavior Checklist (IRABC), the Pleasure Experience of Internet Usage (PEIU) questionnaire, and a demographic and network usage data questionnaire. A total of 104 valid surveys were returned. Results indicated that Internet addiction does exist among some of Taiwan's Internet users. Internet addiction scores were positively correlated with escape pleasure, interpersonal relationship pleasure, and total communication pleasure. Internet addiction scores were also positively correlated with BBS use hours or Internet use hours and total Internet use hours. It was concluded that greater communication pleasure, BBS use hours, or Internet use hours related to higher Internet addiction scores. Internet Addiction Disorder diagnostic criteria are appended. (Contains 17 references.) (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan