Online addictions among adolescents and young adults in Iran: the role of attachment styles and gender

Salehi, E., Fallahchai, R. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2022. Online addictions among adolescents and young adults in Iran: the role of attachment styles and gender. Social Science Computer Review. ISSN 0894-4393

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Abstract

The present study aimed to investigate the role of attachment styles and gender among different online addictions (social media addiction, online gaming addiction, and internet addiction) among adolescents and young adults via an online survey. The participants comprised 943 Iranian students (440 females) selected by multi-stage cluster sampling. The survey included the nine-item form of the Problematic Internet Use Questionnaire (Laconi et al., 2019), nine-item Internet Gaming Disorder Scale-Short Form (Pontes & Griffiths, 2015), Bergen Social Media Addiction Scale (Andreassen et al., 2016), and Parent and Peer Attachment Styles Questionnaire (Gullone & Robinson, 2005). The results showed that online addictions were negatively correlated with secure attachment style, while insecure styles were positively correlated with all three types of online addiction. The results also showed that young adults were more involved in online activities, online addictive behaviors increased with age, and online gaming addiction was more prevalent among males than females. These findings indicate that individuals with a secure attachment style are less susceptible to online addictions and individuals with an insecure attachment style report more online addiction.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Social Science Computer Review
Creators: Salehi, E., Fallahchai, R. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 8 July 2022
ISSN: 0894-4393
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1177/08944393221111242DOI
1564017Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 11 Jul 2022 07:59
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2022 07:59
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/46572

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