Article Title: Interpersonal Relationship and Self-Esteem Associated with the Development of Problematic Internet Use

Author(s): Ruqia Safdar Bajwa, Iram Batool and Salima Tahira

Journal: Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences (PJSS) Vol. 38, No. 2 (2018), pp. 399-407

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This study examined the impact of interpersonal relationships and self-esteem on problematic Internet use among adolescents, young and older adults of Multan City. Further this research explored the problematic internet use variations in terms of gender, age and its correlation with self-esteem. A total of 400 participants of different organizations of Multan city participated in the study. The participants were selected using purposive sampling. Data was collected using the Online Cognition Scale (OCS), Rosenberg’s Self-esteem Scale, Relational Assessment Questionnaire (RAQ) and was analyzed using One Way ANOVA, t-test, Pearson correlation and linear regression methods. Findings suggest that problematic Internet use shows significant variation in terms of gender and age. Interpersonal relationship and self-esteem meaningfully predict problematic Internet use.

Keywords: Problematic Internet Use, Online Cognition, Self-Esteem, Interpersonal Relationship.

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