Excessive internet use: the role of personality, loneliness and social support networks in internet addiction

@inproceedings{Hardie2007ExcessiveIU,
  title={Excessive internet use: the role of personality, loneliness and social support networks in internet addiction},
  author={Elizabeth A. Hardie and Ming Yi Tee},
  year={2007}
}
An online survey of 96 adults showed that, based on Young's (1998) criteria for the Internet Addiction Test, 40% of the sample could be classified as average internet users, 52% as problem over-users and 8% as pathologically addicted to the internet. The three groups differed on a range of factors, with over-users and addicts spending increasingly more time in online activities, being more neurotic and less extraverted, more socially anxious and emotionally lonely, and gaining greater support… CONTINUE READING

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