ERIC Number: EJ873796
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
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More Than a Just a Game: Video Game and Internet Use during Emerging Adulthood
Padilla-Walker, Laura M.; Nelson, Larry J.; Carroll, Jason S.; Jensen, Alexander C.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v39 n2 p103-113 Feb 2010
The purpose of this study was to gain a clearer understanding of the pattern of video game and internet use among college students and to examine how electronic leisure was related to risk behaviors (i.e., drinking, drug use, sex), perceptions of the self (i.e., self worth and social acceptance), and relationships with others (i.e., relationship quality with parents and friends). Participants included 813 undergraduate students (500 young women, 313 young men, M age = 20, SD = 1.87) who were mainly European American (79%), unmarried (100%) and living outside their parents' home (90%). Results suggested that (a) video game use was linked to negative outcomes for men and women, (b) different patterns of video game and internet use existed for men and women and (c) there were different relations to risk behaviors, feelings about the self, and relationship quality based on the type of internet use, and based on gender. The discussion focuses on the implications of electronic leisure on the overall health and development of young people as they transition to adulthood.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Video Games, Females, Drug Use, Internet, Males, Higher Education, Leisure Time, Recreational Activities, Drinking, Risk, Sexuality, Self Concept, Parent Child Relationship, Friendship, Gender Differences, Comparative Analysis, Adults
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