Internet addiction in Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong: Assessment, profiles, and psychosocial correlates

Tan Lei Shek, Vera M Y Tang, C. Y. Lo

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Internet addiction behavior was examined in 6,121 Chinese primary and secondary school students in Hong Kong based on the assessment frameworks of Ivan Goldberg and Kimberly Young. Results showed that scales derived from both frameworks (CIA-Goldberg Scale and CIA-Young Scale) were internally consistent and evidence supporting their validity was found. Descriptive statistical analyses revealed that roughly one-fifth of the respondents could be classified as Internet addicted based on either scale. Further analyses showed that Internet-addicted and -nonaddicted respondents differed in their Internet use and related behavior. Logistic regression analyses showed that engagement in certain on-line activities (such as playing on-line games and downloading software) and replacement of pastimes activities (such as watching TV and going out with friends) with Internet activities predicted a higher probability of Internet addiction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)776-787
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese adolescents
  • Internet addiction measurements
  • Internet use and activities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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