PREVALENCE OF INTERNET ADDICTION AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS IN TAIWAN
Chen, S.H., National Taiwan University, Taiwan
This paper reports the estimated prevalence rate of pathological Internet users among college students in Taiwan. A stratified sample of students of National Taiwan University (N=1336, 56.21% females and 43.78% males) were administered with the Chinese Internet Addiction Scale and questionnaire eliciting data on basic demographics (sex, grade, college), weekly Internet hours, habitual domains, and experience of Internet utilization. By applying three tentative approaches of prevalence estimation, this study suggests of 4.85% (scored above +1 S.D. of CIAS and more than 18 hours of weekly Internet utilization), 8.37% (more than 20 hours of weekly Internet utilization), and 9.7% (self-reported as being very likely addicted to Internet) for six-month prevalence rate among college students, respectively. For each estimation approach, male:female ratio is about 2:1. Future research concerning possible causes for cultural and gender differences in Internet addiction will be discussed accordingly.