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      Epidemiology of internet behaviors and addiction among adolescents in six Asian countries.

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          Internet addiction has become a serious behavioral health problem in Asia. However, there are no up-to-date country comparisons. The Asian Adolescent Risk Behavior Survey (AARBS) screens and compares the prevalence of Internet behaviors and addiction in adolescents in six Asian countries. A total of 5,366 adolescents aged 12-18 years were recruited from six Asian countries: China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Participants completed a structured questionnaire on their Internet use in the 2012-2013 school year. Internet addiction was assessed using the Internet Addiction Test (IAT) and the Revised Chen Internet Addiction Scale (CIAS-R). The variations in Internet behaviors and addiction across countries were examined. The overall prevalence of smartphone ownership is 62%, ranging from 41% in China to 84% in South Korea. Moreover, participation in online gaming ranges from 11% in China to 39% in Japan. Hong Kong has the highest number of adolescents reporting daily or above Internet use (68%). Internet addiction is highest in the Philippines, according to both the IAT (5%) and the CIAS-R (21%). Internet addictive behavior is common among adolescents in Asian countries. Problematic Internet use is prevalent and characterized by risky cyberbehaviors.

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          Journal
          Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw
          Cyberpsychology, behavior and social networking
          Mary Ann Liebert Inc
          2152-2723
          2152-2715
          Nov 2014
          : 17
          : 11
          Affiliations
          [1 ] 1 Department of Psychology, University of Hong Kong , Hong Kong .
          Article
          10.1089/cyber.2014.0139
          25405785
          f595dd2b-9cb8-4349-8e55-2e5057a6c4d3
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