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Gerais : Revista Interinstitucional de Psicologia

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TUMELEIRO, Lucas Franco et al. Internet addiction: a study with young people in the last year of high school. Gerais, Rev. Interinst. Psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.11, n.2, pp. 279-293. ISSN 1983-8220..

This paper presents a study that aimed to identify the degree of internet addiction in young people aged 15-19 years studying the last year of high school, in public schools, in the cities São Miguel do Oeste, Maravilha and Pinhalzinho, in the state of Santa Catarina. This is a quantitative study with a non-probabilistic sample. The number of participants was 504, using a questionnaire containing the Internet Addiction Test (IAT). 8.9% of the participants experienced moderate and severe addiction, with high daily surfing time, especially in social networks. Internet addiction is not usually perceived, can be denied, or also understood as normal by a significant percentage of the young participants, even experiencing important psychopathological characteristics that do not appear in isolation. It was concluded that internet addiction requires scientific attention, as it is an illness that interferes with the constitution of subjectivity and the dynamics of social relations.

Keywords : Addiction; Internet; Young adults; High schools; Psychology.

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