PROBLEMATIC INTERNET USE AND HEALTH OUTCOMES: DOES TRAIT SELF-CONTROL MATTER?

  • Najafi Auwal Ibrahim Department of Business Administration and Entrepreneurship, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
  • Kabiru Maitama Kura UTB School of Business, Universiti Teknologi Brunei, Brunei Darussalam
  • Salihu Ibrahim Dasuki University of Sheffield Information School, United Kingdom
  • Abubakar Mohammed Alkali General Electric, South Africa

Abstract

Problematic internet use is prevalent among university students, and it has been associated with increased adverse health outcomes. The results of existing research are mixed regarding the effects of problematic internet use on health outcomes. To resolve this ambiguity, we drew upon the self-control theory and person-situation interaction model to propose trait self-control as a moderator in the relationship between problematic internet use and adverse health outcomes. The study participants comprised 273 students from both public and private universities in Nigeria. Results reveal that problematic internet use is a significant predictor of adverse health outcomes. However, we find no evidence to support our postulated Hypothesis that trait selfcontrol moderates the effects of problematic internet use on adverse health outcomes. Implications, limitations, and potential for future research are highlighted.


 

Published
2020-10-11
How to Cite
IBRAHIM, Najafi Auwal et al. PROBLEMATIC INTERNET USE AND HEALTH OUTCOMES: DOES TRAIT SELF-CONTROL MATTER?. International Journal of Management Studies, [S.l.], v. 27, n. 2, p. 77-96, oct. 2020. ISSN 2180-2467. Available at: <http://e-journal.uum.edu.my/index.php/ijms/article/view/ijms.27.2.2020.10569>. Date accessed: 15 apr. 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.32890/ijms.27.2.2020.10569.