Date Approved

4-28-2008

Embargo Period

3-20-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Applied Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Gaer, Eleanor

Subject(s)

Internet addiction; Internet addicts--Psychology

Disciplines

Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of Internet addiction on a participant's level of satisfaction with their social life. Participants were gathered from both Rowan University and the Internet at large (n = 122) and asked to complete an online survey. The survey contained criteria questions for Internet addiction and social satisfaction as well as numerous questions that determined the effects of the participant's Internet usage on various aspects of their life (social, academic, job performance, etc). Results show that knowing a participant's level of Internet addiction allows researchers to weakly predict their level of satisfaction with their social life. Participants who qualified as Internet addicted were found to have a lower level of social satisfaction when compared to those who were not addicted. This study also found that males generally take more risks and have more detrimental consequences from Internet addiction than females. This study has found that Internet addiction can have significant negative impacts in many aspects of life and that more research in needed on the topic.

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