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[This article belongs to Volume - 26, Issue - 02]

Awareness of the psychosocial consequences of Internet addiction among secondary school students

In the modern digital age, using the internet has become an essential part of life for students. The inability to control a person's desire to spend his time online and not appreciating the time spent offline are indicators of Internet addiction (I.A.). The present study aims to determine secondary school students' awareness of the psychosocial consequences of I.A. and to investigate differences in the level of awareness based on students' sociodemographic characteristics. The study employed a cross-section descriptive research method. A total of 765 secondary school students (375) boys and (390) girls were withdrawn from ten secondary schools located throughout the districts and centers of the Babylon Governorate in Iraq. During the period of October 5, 2023, to November 30, 2023, participants were interviewed and the researcher used a structured questionnaire to gather data. Then the data was electronically analyzed using the SPSS software version 26. Results: More than half of the study sample (57.5%) have a fair level of psychosocial awareness of the effects of I.A., (57.5%) recorded a good level, and only (2.4%) have a poor level of awareness. Females recorded a higher level of psychosocial awareness (51.5%) than males, and the respondents from the fourth grade recorded a good psychosocial awareness rate (44.9%). The researcher recommended that parents monitor their offspring's use of the Internet, especially during school hours, and set limits on usage time. They can also install parental control software to block inappropriate content.