Korean J Biol Psychiatry.  2013 Sep;20(3):86-90.

Change of Psychological Characteristics after Joining the Army According to Internet Addiction Tendency in Young Male Army Recruits

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Myongji Hospital, Goyang, Korea. imugly76@gmail.com
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, Yonsei University and Institute of Behavioral Science in Medicine, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, CHA University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Psychiatry, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea.


The aim of this study was to find out the psychological changes associated with internet addiction between before and after the military drill among the young male army recruits.
All 1091 participants were army recruits aged from 19 to 22 years who participated in the 5-week military drill. They were assessed with some self-reported questionnaires [Sociodemographic questionnaires, Young's Internet Addiction Scale (IAS), the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS), the Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Self-Rated Scale (ASRS)]. They were divided into two groups, One is the internet addiction tendency group and the other is non-addiction group according to the IAS score. And the severity of the internet addiction tendency, depression, anxiety and impulsiveness were evaluated by the IAS, the STAI, the BDI, the BIS, the ASRS before and after military drill.
The result of the paired t-test shows that the IAS, the STAI, the BDI, the BIS, the ASRS scores decreased after military drill in both non-addiction group and internet addiction tendency group. The result of the repeated measures ANOVA shows that there is an interaction effect between the changes of ASRS-hyperactivity (F = 23.437, p < 0.001), ASRS-impulsiveness (F = 4.896, p = 0.027), BIS-total (F = 4.057, p = 0.044), BIS-motor impulsiveness (F = 13.609, p < 0.001) scores and groups. The result of the generalized estimating equation shows that internet addiction tendency is associated with ASRS-inattention (beta = 0.075, p < 0.001), ASRS-hyperactivity (beta = 0.092, p = 0.002), STAI-trait anxiety (beta = 0.046, p < 0.001), BIS-motor impulsiveness (beta = 0.119, p = 0.028).
The results show that psychopathologies such as internet addiction tendency, depression, anxiety, impulsiveness may improve after military drill regardless of the groups. Internet addiction tendency may be related to the ASRS-inattention, ASRS-hyperactivity, STAI-trait anxiety, motor-impulsiveness. So these findings may be considered in the treatment of internet addiction in terms of the impulsiveness control.


Internet addiction; Army recruits; Impulsiveness; Hyperactivity
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