Factors associated with internet addiction: A cross-sectional study among Turkish adolescents (2016)

Pediatr Int. 2016 Aug 10. doi: 10.1111/ped.13117.

Seyrek S1, Cop E2, Sinir H2, Ugurlu M1, Şenel S3,4.



To investigate the prevalence of internet addiction and relationship between socio-demographic characteristics, depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms, and internet addiction in adolescents.


This was a cross-sectional school-based study with a representative sample of 468 students aged 12-17 years at the first trimester of education year in 2013. The students were assessed through the Young’s Internet Addiction Scale, Children’s Depression Inventory, Beck Anxiety Inventory, Conners Parent Rating Scale, Conners Teacher Rating Scale, Hollingshead-Redlich Scale, and the information form including characteristics of internet use, socio-economical status. Relationship between these factors and internet use was examined.


About 1.6% were determined as addictive, whereas 16.2% were possible addictive. There were significant correlations between Internet Addiction and depression, anxiety, attention disorder and hyperactivity symptoms in adolescents. Smoking cigarette was also related with internet addiction. There was no significant relationship between IA and the students’ age, sex, body-mass index, school type, socio-economic status.


The results indicate an association of depression, anxiety, ADHD and smoking addiction with PIU in adolescent students and suggest the importance of addressing preventive public health policies that target psychological wellbeing of youngs. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.


addiction; adolescents; internet; internet addiction; problematic internet use

PMID: 27507735

DOI: 10.1111/ped.13117