Korean J Fam Med.  2013 Mar;34(2):115-122. 10.4082/kjfm.2013.34.2.115.

Associations between the Risk of Internet Addiction and Problem Behaviors among Korean Adolescents

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Family Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. jklee@skku.edu
  • 2Health Screening Center, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

BACKGROUND
The number of internet users is increasing rapidly and internet addiction among adolescents has become a serious public health problem in Korea. In the light of behavioral addiction, this study was aimed to identify the associations between the risk of internet addiction and other problem behaviors which can lead to addiction, such as cigarette smoking, alcohol drinking, drug abuse, and sexual intercourse among a nationally representative sample of Korean adolescents.
METHODS
Data from the 2010 Korean Youth Risk Behavior Web-based Survey (respondents, 73,238) were analyzed. Risk of internet addiction was assessed by the 'Korean Internet Addiction Proneness Scale for Youth-Short Form: Self Report' which was developed by the Korean National Information Society Agency in 2008. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to calculate the odds ratios of problem behaviors among adolescents at high risk for internet addiction and adolescents at low risk for internet addiction.
RESULTS
The odds of smoking experience, drug abuse experience, and sexual intercourse experience were significantly higher among boys at high risk for internet addiction compared to boys at low risk for internet addiction. Among girls at high risk of internet addiction, the odds of smoking experience, drinking experience, and drug abuse experience were significantly higher compared with girls at low risk of internet addiction.
CONCLUSION
The risk of internet addiction was associated with cigarette smoking, alcohol drinking, drug abuse, and sexual intercourse experience among Korean adolescents.

Keyword

Internet; Adolescent; Addictive Behavior; Smoking; Alcohol Drinking; Sexual Behavior; Substance-related Disorders

MeSH Terms

Adolescent
Alcohol Drinking
Behavior, Addictive
Coitus
Drinking
Humans
Internet
Korea
Light
Logistic Models
Odds Ratio
Public Health
Risk-Taking
Sexual Behavior
Smoke
Smoking
Substance-Related Disorders
Smoke
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