THE LONG TERM INFLUENCE OF EXCESSIVE INTERNET USE ON ADOLESCENT'S MENTAL HEALTH
Lin, Y. and Zhang, D.J., The Research Institute of Education Science, China
Pathological Internet use is one of the newly developed symptoms that were found in the people who were absorbed in the Internet. With the rapid development of Internet and its' intriguing characteristic to children, more and more adolescents lofted in the Internet and spend too much time on line. These not only make them feel some changes in their body, but also in their mental health. But the literature has not give enough attention to this Phenomenon, nor does their any valid empirical data to support or refute the notion that excessive internet use will give negative influence on adolescent's mental health. Our Study investigate this issue. Nicely controlled the adolesecnt's age, sex, money can use, interest to internet, formal experience with the net and computer usage skill, we measured the subjects' social involvements and psychological well being in relatively long of time. We found no difference in social involvement compared to the internet use time. But the dada show that excessive Internet use is associated with the decline in psychological well-being, increases in experimental subjects' depression and loneliness level.