The Association of Internet Addiction with Academic Achievement, Emotional Intelligence and Strategies to Prevention of them from Student’s Perspectives

Azizollah Arbabisarjou, Enam Alhagh Charkhat Gorgich, Sanam Barfroshan, Gholamreza Ghoreishinia

Abstract


Today, the Internet is an integral part of human life. That's why researchers from different fields are attracted of its usage implications. This study aimed to investigate the association of internet addiction with academic achievement, emotional intelligence and strategies to the prevention of them from student’s perspectives. This research is a cross-sectional study which it has conducted on students of Zahedan University of Medical sciences in Zahedan, Iran in 2014-2015 semester. A total of 600 students were included in the study by stratified random sampling. Data were collected through self-assessment and standard Young internet addiction test (1998) and emotional intelligence education of Petrides & Furnham (2001) questionnaires. The data was analyzed by descriptive statistics, independent t-test and Pearson correlation, performed by the SPSS version 21. The mean age of participants was 21.13±1.61. The majority of students were male 324 (54%). The results had shown that 12.5% of students suffered from internet addiction. The most important way for prevention of internet addiction from student’s perspectives raise the awareness about internet addiction and its effects through holding classes (87.83%). Also, a negative correlation was found between internet addiction with academic achievement (p=0.001) and emotional intelligence (p=0.012). There was a significant relationship between internet addiction and academic achievement with the gender (p=0.019) of students. The results of this study had shown that teaching the appropriate usage of internet for education and research can be helpful. 


Keywords


Internet addiction, Educational Achievement, Emotional Intelligence, Prevention, Students.

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