The idea that one can suffer from Internet Addiction (IA) is currently being debated in the field of psychology, with mounting evidence to suggest that such and addiction is possible. The goal of this study is to investigate whether several common psychosocial characteristics are associated with IA behavior. Forty-five people participated in the study by completing a battery of questionnaires on IA, personality, and aspects of psychosocial adjustment. Significant correlations were found between IA behavior and self-esteem, loneliness, age, conscientiousness, and sleep deprivation. Such findings suggest that people who report high amounts of IA behavior may be experiencing significant psychosocial impairments.
Bartnicki, Lia, "Psychosocial Characteristics Related to Internet Behavior" (2006). Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experience Program (OURE). 202.