Volume 2, Issue 3, June 2013, Page: 112-116
A Comparison of the Loneliness Levels of Turkish University Students in Terms of Internet Use
Şuheda ÖZBEN, Dokuz Eylul University, Buca Faculty of Education, Educational Sciences Department, Izmir, Turkey
Received: May 23, 2013;       Published: Jun. 30, 2013
DOI: 10.11648/j.pbs.20130203.15      View  3384      Downloads  136
Abstract
The objective of this research was to compare the loneliness levels of Turkish university students in terms of Internet use. This was a descriptive and comparative study involving a total of 525 students in Izmir, 258 female and 267 male, who participated voluntarily. The instruments were the personal information form and the UCLA loneliness scale, and a t-test was use to compare the data. The results revealed that loneliness points were significantly higher for students who preferred the Internet rather than being with friends (t519 = 6. 013, p = .001 and those who preferred social chats online rather than their actual friends (t519= 5. 666, p = .001). The loneliness level was higher for those who cannot postpone their Internet use (t520 = 1.704, p = .089) and those who could not give up Internet use (t521 = .126, p = .900); however, a significant relationship was not found. This study reiterates the importance of Internet use or online computer hours for students, and the importance of media literacy training. To cope with loneliness, students need to bond with their peers, establish more fulfilling relationships, and develop their social skills. Schools on should place importance social skills training, effective communication skills, and art and cultural activities. It is essential to have some strategies to prevent Internet addiction.
Keywords
University Student, Internet Use, Loneliness
To cite this article
Şuheda ÖZBEN, A Comparison of the Loneliness Levels of Turkish University Students in Terms of Internet Use, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 2, No. 3, 2013, pp. 112-116. doi: 10.11648/j.pbs.20130203.15
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