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Pages: 7849-7858
Publication year: 2017
ISBN: 978-84-617-8491-2
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2017.1847

Conference name: 11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 6-8 March, 2017
Location: Valencia, Spain

THEORETICAL MODELS EXPLAINING PROBLEMATIC INTERNET USE: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW

E. Melonashi

European University of Tirana (ALBANIA)
The extensive use of internet is raising important concerns especially as regards the potential for problematic use or addiction. Excessive use, preoccupation with the internet, and interference with everyday functioning represent some of the dimensions of problematic internet use, which have been empirically investigated across several countries. Research studies have been focusing on the identification of risk and protective factors across several age groups, but with particular focus on adolescents and young adults. Findings suggest that like other problematic behaviors, social factors are largely involved in problematic internet use; for instance aspects such as impression management, social likability, peer pressure, etc., have been largely investigated. Yet apart from the social dimension, problematic internet use might be also explicable in terms of self-medication models which suggest that individuals engage in problematic behavior mainly as a coping strategy, e.g., to manage anxiety (e.g., social phobia), relieve depressive feelings, manage real life social ostracism etc. The present review discusses existing theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence on problematic internet use/addiction in order to determine the extent to which existing theoretical frameworks on problematic/addictive behaviors are useful in understanding this phenomenon.
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title = {THEORETICAL MODELS EXPLAINING PROBLEMATIC INTERNET USE: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW},
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E. Melonashi (2017) THEORETICAL MODELS EXPLAINING PROBLEMATIC INTERNET USE: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW, INTED2017 Proceedings, pp. 7849-7858.
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