Internet Addiction and Psychological Well-Being in Undergraduate Students

Author: Beenish Najam

Supervisor: : Iram Fatima, Ph.D

Degree: BS

Year: 2010-2014

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


A correlational study was conducted to investigate the relationship of
internet addiction and psychological well-being in undergraduate students.
It was hypothesized that internet addiction would be negatively related to
the psychological well-being of undergraduate students. It was also
hypothesized that internet addiction with high self-efficacy would be
positively related to psychological well-being and boys would be more
internet addict than girls. Sample comprised of 200 undergraduate college
students with age range 18-21 years (M = 19.3, SD = 0.98). Internet
Addiction Test (Young, 1998) was used to assess the level of internet
addiction; Ryff Psychological Well-being Inventory (Ryff, 1989) was used
to measure psychological wellbeing and General Self-Efficacy Scale
(Schwarzer & Jerusalem, 1995) was used to measure self-efficacy.
Findings of the study showed a negative correlation between internet
addiction and psychological well-being while; there was a significant
positive correlation between self-efficacy and psychological wellbeing.
Self-efficacy positively predicted psychological wellbeing while internet
addiction negatively predicted psychological wellbeing and no interaction
effect was observed between internet addiction and self-efficacy in
predicting psychological well-being. No gender difference was found in
internet addiction, self-efficacy and psychological well-being. Results
were discussed in terms of their implications and theoretical significance.

Keywords: Internet Addiction, Psychological Well-Being, Self-Efficacy.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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