A COMMUNITY-BASED SURVEY OF INTERNET-RELATED PROBLEMS IN THE AUSTRALIAN ADULT POPULATION
There are occasional sensational reports in the media of the “dark side” of using the Internet, for example when a teenager commits suicide in the context of cyberbullying or when crime is committed after playing an online video game. These extreme cases suggest in a rather drastic way that there are problems related to excessive or problematic Internet use, but the prevalence of these problems has received little research attention in Australia.
The University of Sydney and Sydney Medical School – Nepean are planning to organise a large community-based study to ascertain point prevalence of the following Internet-related problems in a representative sample of the Australian adult population (aged 18-65):
1. Problematic online gaming;
2. Problematic/pathological online gambling;
3. Problematic online social networking;
4. Problematic online searches for health-related information (“cyberchondria”);
5. Problematic online sexual behaviour;
6. Problematic/compulsive online buying;
7. Cyberbullying and cyberstalking (being a victim, perpetrator or both a victim and perpetrator of cyberbullying and cyberstalking);
8. Online searches for information on suicide and suicide methods or for how to obtain suicide methods.
There is no Scholarship as part of this project but the supervisors would strongly support applications for a Scholarship. Students can work up to 20 hours per week as part of their candidature.
If you are interested in undertaking a PhD on this topic, please contact: Professor Guy Eslick at: firstname.lastname@example.org