Frequency of Internet addiction and development of social skills in adolescents in an urban area of Lima (2017)

Medwave. 2017 Jan 30;17(1):e6857. doi: 10.5867/medwave.2017.01.6857.

 [Article in English, Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

Zegarra Zamalloa CO1, Cuba Fuentes MS2.



To determine the frequency of Internet addiction and its relationship with the development of social skills in adolescents in the town of Condevilla, district of San Martin de Porres, Lima – Peru.


The degree of social skills and level of internet use was evaluated in adolescents from 10 to 19 years of 5th to 11th grades in two secondary schools in the town of Condevilla. Classrooms were randomly selected, and the questionnaires were applied to all adolescents. Two questionnaires were applied: Scale for Internet Addiction of Lima to determine the extent of Internet use, and the Social Skills Test from the Ministry of Health of Peru, which evaluates self-esteem, assertiveness, communication and decision-making. The analyses by Chi2 test and Fisher’s exact test, as well as a generalized linear model (GLM) were performed using the binomial family.


Both questionnaires were applied to 179 adolescents, of whom 49.2% were male. The main age was 13 years, 78.8% of which were in secondary school. Internet addiction was found in 12.9% of respondents, of whom the majority were male (78.3%, p = 0.003) and had a higher prevalence of low social skills (21.7%, p = 0.45). In multivariate analysis, the independent factors associated with Internet addiction were gender (p = 0.016) and to have low social skills compared to high social skills (p = 0.004).


In adolescents, there is a relationship between internet addiction and low social skills, among which the area of communication is statistically significant.

KEYWORDS: internet; social behavior; adolescent

PMID: 28241002