The relationship between problematic internet use of adolescents and their level of satisfaction with family life


Kalkan A. N., CERİT E.

Pamukkale Tıp Dergisi, vol.16, no.2, pp.326-336, 2023 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.31362/patd.1194209
  • Journal Name: Pamukkale Tıp Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, Central & Eastern European Academic Source (CEEAS), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.326-336
  • Yozgat Bozok University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Purpose: This study aimed to determine the relationship between the level of problematic internet use of adolescents and their level of satisfaction with family life. Material and method: This cross-sectional descriptive study included 508 volunteer students who were attending high schools in Yozgat city centre in the 2021-2022 academic year. The research data were collected between 27.12.2021-22.04.2022, using a Personal Information Form, the Problematic Internet Use Scale, and the Family Life Satisfaction Scale. Questionnaires created through Google Forms were sent to students' smartphones. In the data analysis, the t-test, One-Way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), correlation analysis and linear regression analysis were used. Results: The results of the analysis revealed a significant negative relationship between the problematic internet use of adolescents and their level of satisfaction with family life (r:-0.262, p<0.001). An increase in family life satisfaction was determined to reduce the level of problematic internet use (β1:-0.209, p<0.001). Family income and academic achievement were found to be predictors of problematic internet use (p<0.05). Conclusion: From the results of the study, it was concluded that problematic internet use behavior increased in adolescents with low family life satisfaction. In this context, it is recommended to conduct preventive, protective, and educational studies that emphasize the importance of the family in the development of adolescents as healthy internet users, and to include the use of different methods in the follow-up studies, including other possible predictors.