Internet use patterns and the relation between generalized problematic internet use and psychological distress in Portuguese university students

Berta Rodrigues Maia*, Mariana Marques, Ana Telma Pereira, António Macedo

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Abstract

Internet use patterns, generalized problematic internet use, and the latter’s relation to psychological distress were explored in a sample of 503 university students (Mage = 20.25; SD = 2.75). A questionnaire about internet use patterns, the Generalized Problematic Internet Use Scale 2, and the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scales were answered. The students spent 5 hours online on a daily basis. The total generalized problematic internet use index score corresponded to a medium-risk level, with 12.9% of men and 5.0% of women presenting a high-risk level. Higher total generalized problematic internet use risk levels corresponded to higher levels of depression, anxiety and stress. Our results seem to show that university students constitute a particularly vulnerable group in terms of problematic internet use, supporting the relation between generalized problematic internet use and psychological distress.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-39
Number of pages9
JournalRevista de Psicopatologia y Psicologia Clinica
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Generalized problematic internet use
  • Internet use patterns
  • Psychological distress
  • University students

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