Problematic internet use and physical health

Kevin J. Kelley, Elon M. Gruber

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Background and aims: A considerable body of literature has emerged over the past two decades assessing the relationship between problematic or addictive use of the Internet and various indices of psychological well-being. Conversely, comparatively little research has assessed the relationship between problematic or addictive use of the Internet and one's physical health. Method: The current study assesses this relationship using a sample of college students (N = 133) who responded online to two questionnaires: the Problematic Internet Use Questionnaire (PIUQ; Demetrovics, Szeredi & Rózsa, 2008) and the SF-36v2 Health Survey (Ware et al., 2008). Results: The findings indicate that problematic Internet use is associated with poorer physical health. These results are consistent with other data that assessed the relationship between these two variables. Furthermore, this relationship supersedes the influence of the number of hours spent online per day. Conclusions: The findings are discussed in terms of the limitations of the study design and conclusions that can be drawn from this preliminary empirical effort.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-112
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Behavioral Addictions
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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