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Table 1 Characteristics of the study population according to the degree of maladaptive internet use (n = 866).

From: Risk factors and psychosocial characteristics of potential problematic and problematic internet use among adolescents: A cross-sectional study

  Overall maladaptive
internet use
(n = 181)
Problematic internet use
(n = 13)
Potential problematic
internet use
(n = 168)
Normal internet use
(n = 685)
  n (%) p-value n (%) p-value n (%) p-value n (%)
Age mean years ± SD 14.8 ± 0.6 0.838 14.6 ± 0.4 0.268† 14.8 ± 0.6 0.625† 14.8 ± 0.6
Gender        
   Male 122 (67.4) Referent 11 (84.6) Referent 111 (66.1) Referent 284 (41.5)
   Female 59 (32.6) < 0.0001 2 (15.4) 0.002 57 (33.9) < 0.0001 401 (58.5)
Academic performance        
   Average 82 (45.3) Referent 5 (38.5) Referent 77 (45.8) Referent 193 (28.2)
   Good 74 (40.9) 0.003 7 (53.8) 0.229§ 65 (38.7) 0.002 292 (42.6)
   Excellent 27 (14.9) < 0.0001 1 (7.7) 0.090§ 26 (15.5) < 0.0001 200 (29.2)
Internet use experience        
   0-6 months 33 (18.2) Referent 1 (7.7) Referent 32 (19.0) Referent 289 (42.2)
   6-12 months 24 (13.2) 0.0006 0 (0.0) 0.788§ 24 (14.3) < 0.0001 79 (11.5)
   > 12 months 124 (68.5) < 0.0001 12 (92.3) 0.004 112 (66.7) < 0.0001 317 (46.3)
  1. † Student's t-test p-value
  2. ‡ Chi-squared p-value
  3. § Fischer's exact test p-value