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Social policy for users of information technology : young people and internet addiction in Korea

Choi, Young Soo (2005)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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The Internet has conferred many benefits, but it also has negative effects including addiction patterns termed “Internet addiction”. Many studies have been inclined to focus on discovering psychological symptoms. However, they have not usually considered young people’s relationships, which can themselves lead to Internet addiction. This study gathers the life experiences of young people with an ‘Internet addiction pattern’ in order to understand better their relationships and circumstances. South Korea was chosen as the main focus of this study. From the Foucauldian perspective, the relationships produce power in new ways, wherever they meet and whenever they talk, with knowledge through their abilities, topics or information. This knowledge may categorise peers according to status and ability to use the Internet. These factors activate a ‘power network’ in ‘their own world’. As a result, Internet addiction situation is interpreted as a loss of balance in using the Internet and the research findings demonstrate how this process is influenced by the development of a set of power relations between young people within ‘their own world’. The recommendations are included, mainly ways to participate in the young people’s concerns and to relate to their lives so as to understand the real situation and reduce the problems.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Ross, Liz and Matthews, Bob (1953-)
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Social Science
Department:Institute of Applied Social Studies
Subjects:HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Institution:University of Birmingham
Library Catalogue:Check for printed version of this thesis
ID Code:887
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