Internet addiction among adolescents: the role of self-esteem

Aydin B., Sari S. V.

3rd World Conference on Educational Sciences (WCES), İstanbul, Turkey, 3 - 07 February 2011, vol.15, pp.3500-3505 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 15
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.04.325
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.3500-3505
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This study aimed to examine the role of self-esteem on adolescents' Internet addiction. The sample of the study consisted of 324 adolescents from Trabzon, Turkey. "Internet Addiction Scale" and "Coopersmith Self-Esteem Scale" were used as data collection instruments. Obtained data were analyzed through Pearson-Product - Moment correlation coefficient and multiple linear regression analysis. The findings showed that general self-esteem, social self-esteem, family-home self-esteem and total self-esteem were significantly and negatively correlated with Internet addiction. Furthermore, social self-esteem and family-home self-esteem were found to be significant predictors of Internet addiction. These results were discussed and some conclusions were made.