Problematic Internet Use (PIU) Among Adolescents during COVID-19 Lockdown: A Study of High School Students in Ibadan, Nigeria

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dc.contributor.author Ilesanmi, Olayinka Stephen
dc.contributor.author Afolabi, Aanuoluwapo Adeyimika
dc.contributor.author Adebayo, Ayodeji Matthew
dc.date.accessioned 2021-06-01T00:00:54Z
dc.date.available 2021-06-01T00:00:54Z
dc.date.issued 2021-05-31
dc.identifier.citation Ilesanmi, O.S., Afolabi, A.A., & Adebayo, A.M. (2021). Problematic internet use (PIU) among adolescents during COVID-19 lockdown: A study of high school students in Ibadan, Nigeria. The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), 27, 1-22. https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/31373 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2077-7213 (online version)
dc.identifier.issn 2077-7205 (print version)
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10539/31373
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/31373
dc.description.abstract Problematic internet use (PIU) has generally been strongly associated with depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, especially among adolescents, with resulting consequences for their health. This study explores the pattern of internet use, and the prevalence of PIU before and during the COVID-19 lockdown, as well as the causes, effects, and potential mitigation measures in respect of PIU during the lockdown, among high school students in Ibadan, Nigeria. A structured questionnaire, including a 20-question internet addiction test (IAT), was administered during the COVID-19 lockdown to 440 adolescents enrolled in high schools. Of these adolescents, 7.7% appeared from their responses to have had PIU before the COVID-19 lockdown period. However, 64.3% of respondents appeared from their responses to have had PIU during the COVID-19 lockdown period. The main reasons for the increased PIU were boredom, loneliness, idleness, pleasure gained from internet use, physical isolation, and the need for information and communication. The effects of PIU reported among the adolescents included reduced family intimacy, poor academic performance, loss of concentration, as well as internet abuse and risky sexual behaviour. To mitigate PIU among high school students, parental monitoring of adolescents, and their internet access and use, should be promoted. In addition, programmes should be organised by the media and academic institutions to keep adolescents engaged in productive tasks. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.rights This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 en_ZA
dc.subject problematic internet use (PIU), internet addiction test (IAT), adolescents, high school students, COVID-19, lockdown, Ibadan, Nigeria en_ZA
dc.title Problematic Internet Use (PIU) Among Adolescents during COVID-19 Lockdown: A Study of High School Students in Ibadan, Nigeria en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.title The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC) en_ZA
dc.description.librarian CA2021 en_ZA
dc.citation.doi https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/31373 en_ZA
dc.orcid.id Ilesanmi: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0827-6442 en_ZA
dc.orcid.id Afolabi: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9928-2252 en_ZA
dc.orcid.id Adebayo: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9912-100X en_ZA
dc.journal.link https://www.wits.ac.za/linkcentre/ajic en_ZA
dc.journal.issue 27 en_ZA
dc.article.start-page 1 en_ZA
dc.article.end-page 22 en_ZA
dc.faculty Humanities en_ZA
dc.school School of Literature, Language and Media (SLLM) en_ZA


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    Articles on problematic internet use, Indigenous knowledge in vocational education, machine learning, scaling of innovation, institutional isomorphism, human–computer interaction for development, and scholarly publishing.

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