Validation of two brief scales for Internet addiction and mobile phone problem use

Marta Beranuy Fargues, Andrés Chamarro Lusar, Carla Graner Jordania, Xavier Carbonell Sánchez

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Abstract

This study describes the construction and validation process of two questionnaires designed to assess the addictive use of Internet and mobile phones. The scales were applied to a sample of 1,879 students. Results support a two-factor model, presenting an acceptable internal consistency and indices of convergent and discriminant validity. The Questionnaire of Experiences Related to Internet was found to assess intra- and interpersonal conflicts related to Internet use. The Questionnaire of Experiences Related to the Mobile Phone was found to assess conflicts related to mobile phone abuse and to maladaptive emotional and communicational patterns. Our results indicate that the mobile phone does not produce the same degree of addictive behavior as Internet; it could rather be interpreted as problematic use. Men displayed more addictive use of Internet, whilst women seemed to use the mobile phone as a means for emotional communication. It seems that the use of both technologies is more problematic during adolescence and normalizes with age toward a more professional and less playful use, and with fewer negative consequences. © 2009 Psicothema.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)480-485
JournalPsicothema
Volume21
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2009

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