Problematic internet use and stress levels in primary students: a case of primary students in the uk


Aim: The current research aims to determine the impact of problematic internet use on psychological stress in primary-school students in the UK.

Method: The researcher adopted a quantitative method in which 100 primary school students were approached to fill out the survey questionnaire. Their responses were recorded online and converted to conduct tests of descriptive statistics, correlation, and regression analysis in SPSS.


The Internet has emerged as the leading avenue of technology-driven innovation around the world. While it is the primary source of networking and information sharing for people from all walks of life, children and young adults are especially attracted to it due to its characteristic tendencies of entertainment-laden information. According to epidemiological studies from various countries, internet addiction is rapidly becoming a health concern worldwide. A survey by Chou et al. (2015) conducted within a university case found that internet addiction was prevalent in 8% to 13% of university students. Students are also disproportionally inclined towards higher frequency internet usage. This is generally attributed to the actual information content easily available on online sources along with higher credibility of those sources which has been made possible by online peer review systems (Huda et al., 2017).

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