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INTERNET ADDICTION IN BALKAN AND SOUTH-EASTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

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Author(s): Stavros VALSAMIDIS | Athanasios MANDILAS | Ioannis PETASAKIS

Journal: Scientific Bulletin : Economic Sciences
ISSN 1583-1809

Volume: 11;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 68;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Internet addiction | Internet dependence | Young' s test

ABSTRACT
The use of Internet has increased dramatically in recent years. Although there is no standardized definition of Internet addiction, there is acknowledgement among researchers that this phenomenon does exist. In this study, we identify various similarities and differences among people in the Balkan and South-Eastern European countries about Internet addiction. There are many factors such as cultural differences, gender differences, psychosocial variables, computer attitudes and time.We present the experience from studies concerning Internet addiction in all over the world. A specific research with the use of Young's 20-scale was also conducted in five Balkan and South-Eastern European countries (Republic of Moldova, Romania, Republic of Bulgaria, Hellenic Republic, Republic of Cyprus).The findings are interesting. Although there is a need for Interest using, there are also cases where the addiction, dependence and abuse is apparent.
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