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International Journal of Psychology and Psychiatry
Year : 2017, Volume : 5, Issue : 2
First page : ( 76) Last page : ( 86)
Online ISSN : 2320-6233.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2320-6233.2017.00012.8

Effect of internet addiction on psychological wellbeing among adolescents

Mahadevaswamy P.1, D'souza Lancy2

1Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Karnataka State Open University, Mysore-570 006, India, Email: pms.udkgl@rediffmail.com

2Associate Professor of Psychology, Maharaja's College, University of Mysore, Mysore-570006, India. Email: lancyd@ymail.com

Online published on 22 January, 2018.

Abstract

The present study aims to find out the effect of internet addiction on psychological wellbeing of adolescents studying in and around Mysuru city. A total of 720 adolescents were included in the present study, having equal number of male and female students studying in 10, 11 and 12th standards. They were administered Internet addiction scale (Young, 1998) and Psychological wellbeing scale (Ryff, 1989). One way ANOVA was employed to find out the difference between normal, problematic and addict levels of internet on psychological wellbeing scores. Results revealed that as the levels of internet addiction increased, total psychological wellbeing scores decreased linearly and significantly. As the levels of internet addiction increased, wellbeing also decreased in specific components of autonomy, environmental mastery, and purpose in life.

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