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INTERNET ADDICTION AMONG GRAMMAR SCHOOL STUDENTS IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

J. Basler, M. Mrázek

Palacký University Olomouc, Faculty of Education (CZECH REPUBLIC)
The present paper describes the partial results a research study focusing on internet addiction among students in grade three in grammar schools in Olomouc region, Pardubice region, Moravian-Silesian region, and Zlín region in the Czech Republic. In terms of methodology, the research strategy was of a quantitative design. The research method to obtain data was a questionnaire with a mixed typology of questionnaire items. The study comprised 529 respondents, who received a printed version of the questionnaire in cooperation with the schools involved in the study. The data were recorded electronically; for this reason the printed questionnaires were converted into a digital format. The electronic data were processed and analysed using a spreadsheet application and specialized statistical software. The evaluation of the research data was based on the research assumptions and hypotheses, which were tested using an analysis of basic as well as advanced data processing. Specifically, the analysis of internet addiction among students in the research sample was based on 26 scale items of the questionnaire that focused on various traits of addictive behaviour in relation to excessive internet use.