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Internet Addiction In Balkan And South-Eastern European Countries


  • Stavros VALSAMIDIS

    () (Department of Accountancy, Kavala Institute of Technology, Greece)

  • Athanasios MANDILAS

    () (Department of Accountancy, Kavala Institute of Technology, Greece)

  • Ioannis PETASAKIS

    () (Department of Accountancy, Kavala Institute of Technology, Greece)


The use of Internet has increased dramatically in recent years. Although there is no standardized definition of Internet addiction, there is acknowledgement among researchers that this phenomenon does exist. In this study, we identify various similarities and differences among people in the Balkan and South-Eastern European countries about Internet addiction. There are many factors such as cultural differences, gender differences, psychosocial variables, computer attitudes and time. We present the experience from studies concerning Internet addiction in all over the world. A specific research with the use of Young's 20-scale was also conducted in five Balkan and South-Eastern European countries (Republic of Moldova, Romania, Republic of Bulgaria, Hellenic Republic, Republic of Cyprus). The findings are interesting. Although there is a need for Interest using, there are also cases where the addiction, dependence and abuse is apparent.

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  • Stavros VALSAMIDIS & Athanasios MANDILAS & Ioannis PETASAKIS, 2012. "Internet Addiction In Balkan And South-Eastern European Countries," Scientific Bulletin - Economic Sciences, University of Pitesti, vol. 11(2), pages 68-81.
  • Handle: RePEc:pts:journl:y:2012:i:2:p:68-81

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    1. Maria Kehayova-Stoycheva & Julian Vasilev, 2018. "Measuring the problem use of internet – internal structures and dependences," Economics and computer science, Publishing house "Knowledge and business" Varna, issue 1, pages 6-26.

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    Internet addiction; Internet dependence; Young' s test.;
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    JEL classification:

    • L86 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
    • M51 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Firm Employment Decisions; Promotions


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