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Exploration of Problematic Internet Use and Loneliness among Distance Education Students

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Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education Volume 15, Number 2, ISSN 1302-6488


The current study investigated the relationship between problematic Internet use and levels of loneliness among 311 distance education students. "The Problematic Internet Use Scale" and "UCLA-Loneliness Scale III" were used to collect the data. Independentsamples t-test and one-way ANOVA were conducted to examine the differences; and correlation and regression analyses were used to examine the relationships between variables. Findings revealed that male students' use of the Internet was more problematic compared to female students'. As the time spent on the Internet increased, so did the problematic Internet use levels. In addition, the problematic Internet use levels of students varied with regard to marital status and not varied regard to their ages. A significant relationship was found between the level of problematic Internet use and loneliness, and loneliness was found to be among the predictors of problematic Internet use. Implications and suggestions for further research are provided.


Ozgur, H., Demiralay, T. & Demiralay, I. (2014). Exploration of Problematic Internet Use and Loneliness among Distance Education Students. Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 15(2), 75-90. Retrieved January 17, 2022 from .

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