Internet Addiction Among Male Adolescents in Indonesia: A Qualitative Study

Windy Rakhmawati, Cecep Eli Kosasih, Restuning Widiasih, Suryani Suryani, Hidayat Arifin

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Internet has become an important part of the daily life of adolescents. Easy access to internet and its social appeal among adolescent males render them at an increased risk of internet addiction and the associated adverse physical and psychosocial effects. We conducted a qualitative study using a phenomenological approach. A purposive sample of nine male adolescents was recruited in West Java, Indonesia. Semistructured interviews were conducted until data saturation was achieved. Data were subjected to thematic analysis. We identified four main themes from the experiences of adolescents with internet addition: reasons for internet addiction, unmet social need without the internet, effects of internet addiction, and self-control over internet usage. Internet addiction among male adolescents is a major public health problem that should be addressed. The findings of this study may be useful for health professionals and families to help male adolescents manage their internet addiction.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • adolescents
  • Indonesian
  • internet addiction
  • male
  • phenomenology
  • qualitative


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