Research proposal on predictors of Internet addiction among Shanghai undergraduates

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RESEARCH PROPOSAL ON PREDICTORS OF INTERNET ADDICTION AMONG SHANGHAI UNDERGRADUATES

CONTENTS

1. INTRODUCTION…………………………………………………………………………………………………………

2. RESEARCH AIM, RESEARCH QUESTIONS AND RESEARCH OBJECTIVES…………………..

3. RELEVANT AND PREFERABLY RECENT RESEARCH PAPERS……………………………………..

4. BRIEF EXPLANATION OF THE THREE RESEARCH PAPERS………………………………………..

5. LITERATURE REVIEW…………………………………………………………………………………………………

5.1 Types of Internet Addiction…………………………………………………………………………

5.2 Demographic characteristics…………………………………………………………………………

5.3 Assessment of Internet Addiction…………………………………………………………………

6. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY……………………………………………………………………………………

6.1 Questionnaire design…………………………………………………………………………………

6.2 Sampling…………………………………………………………………………………………………….

6.3 Proposed data analysis……………………………………………………………………………….

LIST OF REFERENCES……………………………………………………………………………………………….

BIBLIOGRAPHY……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

APPENDIX 1: QUESTIONNAIRE…………………………………………………………………………….

1. INTRODUCTION

With the advancement of information system and information technology, more and more people are able to access the Internet. Shanghai, as China's economic center, has more than 40 per cent of its total population who are using Internet as of the end of 2009 (CNNIC 2009). This means Internet has become more and more popularized among citizens of Shanghai. While people are talking about the convenience and advantages of the Internet, there is growing concern with regard to the side effect of Internet use or problematic use of Internet and whether such use can lead to an addiction (Young 1996). In psychological field, Internet addiction is a term which has been used to explain uncontrollable and damaging use of the Internet (Stanton 2002).

Some literatures have revealed that the problem of Internet addiction can be widely seen among students of Shanghai and is predicted to be deteriorating all the time. For example, one recent study conducted by The Computer World indicates that there are currently 7.9 per cent of Shanghai undergraduates who are identified as excessive Internet users (The Computer World 2010). Some researchers have investigated such issue in Shanghai, but very few of them have conducted appropriate researches which focus on finding out the predictors of Internet addiction. Hence, the purpose of this study is to identify any predictors of Internet addiction by which the addictive behavior of Internet users can be explained. The target population will be undergraduates who are currently studying in universities located in Shanghai.

2. RESEARCH AIM, RESEARCH QUESTIONS AND RESEARCH OBJECTIVES

Based on the information stated earlier, the research aim of this project is to gain a better understanding of predictors of Internet addiction among Shanghai undergraduates. Accordingly, the research question and objectives are identified in Table 2.1.

TABLE 2.1: RESEARCH QUESTION AND OBJECTIVES

RESEARCH QUESTION

What are the predictors of Internet addiction among Shanghai undergraduates?

RESEARCH OBJECTIVES

Objective (1): To identify the level of Internet addiction of Shanghai undergraduates.

Objective (2): To find out types of Internet addiction among Shanghai undergraduates.

Objective (3): To examine the demographic characteristics of Shanghai undergraduates who are candidates for Internet addiction.

Objective (4): To identify the predictors of Internet addiction among Shanghai undergraduates.

3. RELEVANT AND PREFERABLY RECENT RESEARCH PAPERS

Three relevant and preferably recent research papers are identified as follows:

Young, K.S. 1996. Internet addiction: The emergence of a new clinical disorder. _CyberPsychology & Behavior_. 1(3): 237-44.

Widyanto, L. and McMurran, M. 2004. The psychometric properties of the Internet addition test. _CyberPsychology & Behavior_. 7(4): 443-50.

Lu, H.P. and Wang, S.M. 2008. The role of Internet addiction...
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