Thesis About Internet Addiction
For instance, if a person being influenced by the peer to using the internet (usage), the person will get the value reinforcement (audience motivation) by the peer as a sign to follow the peer and not being deviant to the peer group, then with the long hours in internet will addict to internet (consequences).There is another example by using this theory model.You can view samples of our professional work here.
One of the most extensive studies on Internet Addiction to date was conducted by Dr. Are we as humans capable of interacting with such a powerful communication source?
(see Figure 1) Figure 2Figure 1: Uses and Gratification Framework (Katz, Blumler, & Gurevitch, 1974 as cited in Patrick, 2010) According to Wimmer and Dominick (1994), in between 1950 to 1960, many researches began identifying social and psychological factors that resulted in different patterns of media consumption and gratification.
For instance, individual’s mental ability and relationships with parents and peers influences the nature of children’s television (Schramm, Lyle & Parker, 1961 as cited in Patrick, 2010).
Besides that, there are also few significant factors which associated with the internet addiction such as, drinking behaviour, dissatisfaction with family, and experiences of stressful event (Lam, Peng, Mai, & Jing, 2009).
There are two similarities in these two studies, both mentioned that internet addiction is due to the stressful event or depression that one encounter, and dissatisfaction with their social relationship (which are social loneliness and family relationship).