Time Perspective as a Predictor of Internet Addiction in University Students

Thesis Title: Time Perspective as a Predictor of Internet Addiction in University Students

Author: Khadija Rehman

Supervisor: Faiz Younas

Degree: MSc

Year: 2016-2018

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

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

The present study investigated the time perspective as a predictor of internet addiction in university students. It was hypothesized that there would be a positive relationship between time perspective (past negative, present hedonic, future, past positive and future fatalistic) and internet addiction while time perspective would likely to predict internet addiction in university students. Cross-sectional correlational research design and non-probability convenient sampling strategy was used to recruit sample of N = 180 (n = 90 men and n = 90 women) students from various departments of University of the Punjab, Lahore. A self- constructed Demographics Information Sheet, Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory (ZTPI; Zimbardo & Bond 1999) and Internet Addiction Test (IAT; Young, 1998) were used to assess the study variables. Results were generated by running Pearson product moment correlation and linear regression analysis through SPSS version 20.0, which showed a significant positive relationship of past negative, past positive and future fatalistic with internet addiction. The present hedonic and past negative was proved to be the predictors of internet addiction. This study does not only serve as an insight into the inter-relationship of time perspective and internet addiction in students but also enables educationists and counselors to fully understand the effects of these constructs on students.

Keywords: Time perspective, present hedonic, past negative, past positive, present fatalistic, future oriented, internet addiction, university students.

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