What keeps female problematic Internet users busy online?

Détails

ID Serval
serval:BIB_DA09CAFCEC0E
Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Titre
What keeps female problematic Internet users busy online?
Périodique
European Journal of Pediatrics
Auteur(s)
Piguet C., Berchtold A., Akre C., Suris J.C.
ISSN
1432-1076 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
0340-6199
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
2015
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
174
Numéro
8
Pages
1053-1059
Langue
anglais
Notes
Publication types: Journal Article ; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Publication Status: ppublish
Résumé
UNLABELLED: While problematic Internet use is recognized to be predominant among male adolescents, a female trend is gradually becoming apparent. Our study aimed at investigating the characteristics of female Internet users and distinguishing between the online activities of problematic and regular Internet users' on school days. Data were retrieved from a cross-sectional survey of a representative sample of 3067 8th graders in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland, that completed an online questionnaire in 2012. Only females were included. Based on the Internet addiction test, the sample was divided into regular (RUs) (IAT < 50, n = 1339) and problematic users (PIUs) (IAT ≥ 50, n = 201). Groups were compared regarding sociodemographic variables, online activities, devices used to access the Internet, substance use, and physical activity. Significant variables were included in a backward logistic regression. At the multivariate level, PIUs were more prone to spend time online for leisure activities (odds ratio [OR] 2.38) and to access the Internet through a smartphone (OR 1.79) or tablet (OR 1.84). PIUs were less likely to be physically active (OR 0.86) and more likely to present poor emotional well-being (OR 2.67) and to smoke (OR 1.88).
CONCLUSION: A sizeable percentage of female adolescents are problematic Internet users. When performing a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment, teenagers owning numerous devices to access the Internet, presenting other health-compromising behaviors or poor emotional well-being should be specifically targeted.
Mots-clé
Adolescent, Adolescent Behavior/psychology, Behavior, Addictive/psychology, Cross-Sectional Studies, Emotions, Female, Humans, Internet, Logistic Models, Motor Activity, Odds Ratio, Substance-Related Disorders/epidemiology, Substance-Related Disorders/psychology, Surveys and Questionnaires, Switzerland/epidemiology
Pubmed
Web of science
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31/07/2015 8:55
Dernière modification de la notice
03/03/2018 21:54
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