Internet Addiction Test research through a cross-cultural perspective: Spain, USA and Colombia

Tayana Panova, Xavier Carbonell, Andres Chamarro, Diana Ximena Puerta-Cortés

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Internet users worldwide often experience problems related to their
Internet use, and although culture has an important influence over
how people communicate, what they value, and therefore how they
use the Internet, little cross-cultural research on the subject of problematic
Internet use has been carried out. The Internet Addiction
Test (IAT), the most common measurement tool for this purpose, has
been used in various countries. In this study we compared and analyzed
the cross-cultural results found in the most recent research on
the IAT factor analysis. We found that in countries with two or more
studies, results are often replicated, suggesting that cultural context
influences Internet behaviors. We conducted our own IAT factor analysis
studies in three countries – Spain, USA, and Colombia – with a
total of 1,273 participants. We compared our results with those from
previous studies in the same countries and found similar results. The
most notable finding was that all the IAT factor analyses, both ours
and the previous ones in the same regions, contained a factor related
to loss of control/time management problems and another factor related
to emotional/psychological problems, thereby suggesting that
impulse control problems and unfulfilled emotional needs are the
most important components in the development of problematic Internet
use in various countries around the world. Future research on
problematic Internet use should focus on these aspects.
Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)1-11
EstadoPublicación electrónica previa a su impresión - 14 jul 2020

Palabras clave

  • Internet addiction
  • Problematic Internet use
  • Cross-cultural
  • Internet Addiction
  • Test Factor analysis


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