Internet addiction and antisocial internet behavior of adolescents

Hing Keung Ma*

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Internet addiction and the moral implication of antisocial Internet behavior will be investigated in this paper. More and more people use the Internet in their daily life. Unfortunately the percentage of people who use the internet excessively also increases. The concept of Internet addiction or pathological use of Internet is discussed in detail, and the characteristics of Internet addicts are also delineated. The social, (especially the antisocial), use of Internet is discussed. It is argued that the behavior of Internet use is similar to daily life social behavior. In other words, Internet behavior is a kind of social behavior. Kohlberg's theory of moral development is employed to delineate the moral reasoning of the antisocial Internet behavior. The following behaviors are regarded as antisocial Internet behavior: 1) the use of Internet to carry out illegal activities such as selling faked products or offensive pornographic materials, 2) the use of Internet to bully others (i.e., cyberbullying) such as distributing libelous statements against a certain person, 3) the use of Internet to cheat others and 4) to use Internet to do illegal gambling. The characteristics of the moral stages that are associated with these antisocial Internet behaviors are investigated in detail.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPositive Youth Development
Subtitle of host publicationA New School Curriculum to Tackle Adolescent Developmental Issues
EditorsHing Keung Ma, Daniel T. L. Shek, Joav Merrick
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781620813850
ISBN (Print)9781620813843
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

Publication series

NamePediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health
PublisherNova Science Publishers

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Antisocial Internet problems
  • Chinese
  • Internet addiction
  • Positive youth development
  • Prevention


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