Relação entre os motivos e o uso problemático da internet com o bem-estar
: um estudo com jovens adultos

  • João Henrique da Silva Carneiro (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Internet access has become part of people's daily lives as a result of the global evolution of technology and society. The younger population has been getting particular attention, especially for its problematic use. Given the popularity of the internet, a central aspect to understanding the phenomenon is considering the reasons that lead to its use,particularly when it is problematic, since very little is known about its relationship with the well-being of the people who use it. Considering the scarcity of studies on thesesubjects, the aim of this study is to explore the relationship between the motivation ofyoung adults to use the Internet, its problematic use and well-being. The sample of thisstudy consisted of 320 participants aged between 18 and 25 years. For this study, theinstruments used were the sociodemographic questionnaire, the Scale of GeneralizedProblematic Use of the Internet (EUPGI), the Personal Well-being Index (PWI), thePsychological Well-Being Scale (EBEP-42) and the adaptation of Online Game MotivesQuestionnaire into Internet Motives for Use of the Internet Questionnaire (QMUI). The results consisted of statistically significant differences between the UPGI and the genderbased motives, with higher scores in males. A positive relationship was also foundbetween the different motives and the UPGI, as well as a negative relationship between the Problematic Internet Use, as well as with the motives, with the levels of well-being.The results were discussed based on literature and the aim was to contribute help for a better understanding of this phenomenon.Keywords: problematic use of the internet, motivation for internet use, psychological well-being, subjective well-being, young adults.
Date of Award26 Jan 2022
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorPaulo César Dias (Supervisor)


  • Problematic use of the internet
  • Motivation for internet use
  • Psychological well-being
  • Subjective well-being
  • Young adults


  • Mestrado em Psicologia Clínica e da Saúde

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