Internet Addiction Among University Students in Kuwait

Kuwait University
Digest of Middle East Studies 03/2010; 18(2):4 - 16. DOI: 10.1111/j.1949-3606.2009.tb01101.x
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    ABSTRACT: The Internet is now an established part of day-to-day working practices in a variety of different companies and organizations. There is little doubt that the use of the Internet is generally an advantage in the workplace. However, there are some potential occupational health issues that need to be addressed and that employers should be aware of. Obviously, there are basic health issues surrounding excessive use of any kind of visual display unit while seated for long periods (e.g. headaches, eye strains, chronic backache, etc.). These are well-known and are covered in national health and safety policies. However, two areas that have been little investigated concern "Internet addiction" and electronic harassment. These are briefly overviewed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
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    ABSTRACT: In a companion study to onepreviouslypublished on the effects of cybersex addiction on the family, a new, brief online survey was completed by 45 men and 10 women, aged 1 6 4 4 (mean, 38.7) who self-identified as cybersex participants who had experienced adverse consequences from their online sexual activities. Nearly all the respondents (92% of the men and 90% of the women) self-iden-tified as current or former sex addicts.Sign flcantly more men than women reported downloading pornography as a preferred activity. As in previous studies on gender differences in sexual activities, the women tended toprefer sex within the context of a relationship or at least e-mail or chat room interactions rather than accessing images. However, in the present small sample, several women were visually-oriented consumers of pornography. Two women with noprior histo y of interest in sadomasochistic sex discovered this type of behavior online and came toprefer it. Although a similarproportion of men (27%) and women (30%) engaged in real-tame online sex with another person, significantly more women than men (80% vs. 33.3%) stated that their online sexual activities had led to real-life sexual encounters.Some respondents described a rapid progression of a previously existing compulsive sexual behavior problem, whereas others had no history of sexual addiction but became rapidly involved in an escalating pattern of compulsive cybersex use after they discovered Internet sex. Adverse consequences included depression and other emotionalproblems, social isolation, worsening of their sexual relationship with spouse or partner, harm done to tbeir marriage or primary relationship, exposure of children to onlinepornography or masturbation, career loss or decreased job performance, other financial consequences, and in some cases, legal consequences.Although some therapists the participants consulted were very helpful, others were uninformed about the nature and extent of sexual activities available online and reportedly (1) minimized the significance of the cybersex behavior and did not accept it for the powerful addiction it was, (2) failed to make it a priority to stop illegal or self-destructive behaviors, and (3) did not consider the effect oj-the cybersex involvement on the spouse orpartner.
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