Optimism, Self-esteem, and Life Satisfaction as Predictors of Problematic Internet Use.

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Kilmartin, Tammy
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The number of internet users has rapidly increased in the past decade both nationally and internationally. An Irish study was carried out to examine the effects of when the internet is over used by individuals. 98 participants took part in the study over all (M=34 F=64). A multiple regression analysis was run to see if optimism self-esteem and satisfaction with life were significant predictors of problematic internet use. It was found that the predictors variables of optimism (p= .77) and self-esteem (p= .25) were not significant predictor of problematic internet use. However the satisfaction with live predictor approached significance levels (p= .052). An independent samples t-test also examined the difference between males and females on their scores of problematic internet use. Results of the data analysis indicated that there was also no significant difference amongst males and females (p= .37). Author Keywords: Optimism, self-esteem, life satisfaction, gender & problematic internet use