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Problem of Internet dependence in school, youth and adult midst

E.M. Zakharova, S.M. Bernikova, M.I. Bakina, M.V. Andreeva
80,00 Р

UDC 316.6-056.4:004          


E.M. Zakharova is Cand.Sci. (Pedagogy), Ass.Prof. e-mail:; S.M. Bernikova is Senior lecturer e-mail:; M.I. Bakina is student e-mail:; and M.V. Andreeva is student e-mail: , all at Kurgan State University


Researched is the problem of Internet addiction among users of Kurgan region in age range from 13 to 60 years in comparative aspect. In literature review of the problem, the main types of Internet addiction, its symptoms, negative consequences, and prevention directions are considered. Based on diagnostic methods of L.N. Yurieva and T.Yu. Bolbot, as well as Kimberly Young, 109 respondents were tested for Internet addiction. Comparative characteristics of various indicators of Internet addiction in three age categories are presented: schoolchildren (13–18 years old), students (19–30 years old) and adult users (31–60 years old). The study showed that the majority of Internet addicts are in youth age category (50%), 30% of school children are covered by Internet addiction, and there is no Internet addiction in adult environment. At the same time, the second stage of Internet addiction, that requires therapeutic measures, is also more pronounced in the youth environment (10%), in the school environment of such users are only 2%. The hobby stage is more typical for adult users (83%), 64% of school children are engaged in it, and 20% of young people are engaged in it. The following types of preferences prevail among dependent users: self-addiction in 47%, dependence on social networks in 42%, cyber-addiction (computer games) in 11%.

Key words: internet addiction, setegolizm, cyber-addiction, diagnostics of Internet addiction, stages of Internet addiction.



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