Millennial And Internet: A Positive Behavioral Effect Of Pathological Internet Use (PIU)
Drawing upon the media system dependency (MSD) theory, the current study examined how Millennialof KlangValley pathological Internet use(PIU)motivations affect their behavioral skills in schools. A total of 656upper-secondary schoolstudents studying in Klang Valley areas of Selangor, Malaysia participated in this survey.Structural Equation Modeling wasused to test the significance of the hypotheses.The survey results revealed that media (entertainment, Internet activities and pathological gambling) and personality (anxiety and neuroticism) factors had a significant impact on Millennial PIU. The results demonstrated that PIU –namely obsession, neglect and control disorder –has a positive impact on Millennial behavioral skill; Internet maven. Specifically, those seekingto build a virtual friendship through the Internet reported greater offline relationship and online skills.A theoretical framework adapted from MSDspecifically for this study generated new knowledge about factors that support a positiveapproach to PIU among Millennial.
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