The relationship between addiction to internet and adolescence’s tendency toward opposite sex, sexual behaviors, alcohol, aggression, chatting and hacking

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Mehri Mowlaie 1 , Setareh Jani 2 , *

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1 Department of Psychology, University of Mohaghegh Ardabil, Iran

2 Department of Psychology, Parsabad Moghan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Parsabad, Iran

How to Cite: Mowlaie M, Jani S. The relationship between addiction to internet and adolescence’s tendency toward opposite sex, sexual behaviors, alcohol, aggression, chatting and hacking, J Kermanshah Univ Med Sci. 2016 ; 19(6):e69797. doi: 10.22110/jkums.v19i6.2288.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Journal of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences: 19 (6); e69797
Published Online: January 29, 2016
Article Type: Original Article
Received: July 26, 2015
Accepted: January 19, 2016
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Abstract

Background: Given the importance of adolescent period and impact of internet and virtual communication tools on high risk behaviors, this research was conducted to examine the relationship between addiction to internet and adolescent’s tendency toward opposite sex, sexual behaviors, alcohol, aggression, chatting and hacking.

Methods: The population of this study included all (n=40597) junior and senior high school students (boys and girls)   in academic year 2014-2015 in Ardabil, Iran. 380 subjects were selected as the study sample by multistage cluster sampling. The instruments for data collection in this research were addiction to internet questionnaire, Iranian adolescent's risk-taking scale and the researcher-made tendency to chat and hacking questionnaire. The data were analyzed by SPSS-22 software using correlation coefficient and simultaneous regression analysis.

Results: The results showed a significantly positive correlation between addiction to internet and sexual behavior, tendency toward opposite sex, aggression, chatting and hacking (P<0.001), but there was no significant relationship between addiction to internet and alcohol.

Conclusion: The results of the present study showed that addiction to internet was able to significantly predict sexual behavior, tendency toward opposite sex, aggression, chatting and hacking.

Keywords

addictions to internet chatting high risk behaviors hacking adolescent

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