Internet addiction; loneliness; students; quantitative research; University of Shkodra - Liu, & Rottman, 2007). Cyberpsychology and Behavior , 6 ( 6 ), 653 - 656 . Clinicians were asked to develop policies and protocols for dealing with this problem and in the mid 90 ' Kimberly Young (1996), conducted the first research on the phenomenon of Internet addiction. On the other hand compared to all demographic groups of Internet users, the population of university students is considered one of the most vulnerable groups in the development of problems related to excessive use of the Internet (Nalwa & Anand, 2003; Yang & Tung , 2007).
Lonely individuals may be drawn online because of the increased potential for companionship, the changed social interaction patterns online, and as a way to modulate negative moods associated with loneliness. Problematic Internet use, loneliness and dating anxiety among young adult university students .
This study examines the relationship between internet addiction and loneliness among albanian students of University of Shkodra and the gender differences to this aspect.
The research has shown that there is a mild negative correlation between loneliness and Internet addiction, on the other hand no gender differences was found in terms of internet addiction and loneliness level.
The results suggest that students addicted to the Internet have significantly lower rates of loneliness. If you do not see its contents the file may be temporarily unavailable at the journal website or you do not have a PDF plug-in installed and enabled in your browser.
They have grown up in an age when computers, mobile phones, and the Internet are part of mainstream culture and society.
Also they are free from parental control, and most of them move away from family and located close to the respective universities. Over the last decade, research on Internet addiction (IA) has increased. Most of them reported the connection between excessive internet use with some social and psychological variables such as social isolation, depression and loneliness (Kraut et al., 1998), low self-esteem and complacency. On the other hand Stanford University’s School of Medicine had estimated that internet addiction should be considered a new form of psychopathology that could affect an increasing number of individuals (Aboujaoude, Koran, Gamel, Large & Serpe, 2006). Although Internet addiction has been studied to varying degrees, there is no well-defined standard for treatment. P ( 2003 ) Loneliness and social uses of the Internet , Computers in Human Behavior 19 ( 2003 ) 659 - 671 , Pergamon. The participants to the research were 151 students from 18-23 years old, who live in different places of North Albania.