Compulsive internet use: a study of prevalence and drivers in employed and unemployed individuals

Quinones-Garcia, Cristina and Korak-Kakabadse, Nada (2014). Compulsive internet use: a study of prevalence and drivers in employed and unemployed individuals. In: Book of Abstracts, pp. 74–77.

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Abstract

Internet supports all areas of human interaction, however; the omnipresence of this phenomenon could have a double-edged sword impact in our lives. Thus, evidence suggests that some individuals can lose control over the use of the Internet, and end up with a pattern of internet use that is also characterized "by preoccupation, conflict, withdrawal symptoms, and use of the Internet as a coping strategy" (Meerkerk et al., 2010: 729). This has been coined Compulsive Internet Use (CIU). Because of the high reliance that we have on the internet in our work and personal lives, we are faced with the challenge of identifying risk factors that make individuals vulnerable to develop a pattern of problematic usage. In this study we build on David's cognitive-behavioral model to examine those drivers in a sample of employed and recently unemployed individuals. Since the ultimate aim of this paper is to explain how work and technology can affect well-being, this paper fits in the investing in the future of individuals strand.

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