THE PREVALENCE OF INTERNET ADDICTION IN PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS
University Palacký in Olomouc, Faculty of Education (CZECH REPUBLIC)
About this paper:
Conference name: 13th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 5-6 July, 2021
Location: Online Conference
Abstract:The excessive and problematic use of Internet is a growing concern in the current world. There is no uniform terminology and definition in the literature. In general, addiction to the internet is defined as excessive use of the internet, which brings psychological, social, work or school complications to life. Students are the most endangered population by internet addiction because they are encouraged to use computers and mobile internet devices. The increase in internet addiction during the period of young adulthood may also be associated with leaving home to university, where these individuals are given greater freedom and the opportunity to use the internet all day long. Therefore, the youth are particularly vulnerable to this problem which may have negative impact on their health and future academic career.
The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of Internet Addiction among pre-service teachers. The participants were 558 pre-service teachers aged 19-26. To determine empirical data, the following research methods were used: Young Internet Addiction Test (IAT) and socio-demographic questionnaire. The findings show that out of 558 students, 38.3% were mild addicts, 15.2% were moderate addicts and 46.5% were not addicted to internet use. Gender differences were determined as well.
Keywords: Internet addiction, pre-service teachers, prevalence.