Index of problematic online experiences: item characteristics and correlation with negative symptomatology.

Academic Article


  • This exploratory study aimed to develop and test a quick, easily administered instrument, the Index of Problematic Online Experiences (I-POE). The goal of the I-POE extends beyond assessing for Internet overuse to broadly assess problematic Internet use across several domains and activities. Data was collected from 563 college students from a Northern New England university using an online survey methodology. Results indicated the I-POE has adequate construct validity and is highly correlated with a variety of relevant constructs: depression, anger/irritability, tension-reduction behavior, sexual concerns, and dysfunctional sexual behavior as measured by the Trauma Symptom Inventory; as well as amount of Internet use and permissive attitudes toward engaging in a variety of sexual activities. Early flagging of online experiences could mitigate the negative effects associated with problematic use. The I-POE, as an easy-to-administer, short screening index, holds promise in this regard. Initial testing of the instrument points to its utility in identifying persons who are experiencing a broad range of Internet-related problems.
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • December 2009
  • Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Attitude to Computers
  • Behavior, Addictive
  • Depression
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Regression Analysis
  • Sex Factors
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Social Behavior
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 19591618
  • Start Page

  • 707
  • End Page

  • 711
  • Volume

  • 12
  • Issue

  • 6