ADDICTA: The Turkish Journal on Addictions
Original Research

Internet Addiction as a Precursor for Cyber and Displaced Aggression: A Survey Study on Pakistani Youth


Technical University, Berlin, Germany


Iqra University, Karachi, Pakistan

Addicta 2021; 8: 73-80
DOI: 10.5152/ADDICTA.2021.20099
Read: 148 Downloads: 115 Published: 25 May 2021

This study aimed to examine the association of internet addiction with cyber aggression and displaced aggression among 513 (173 boys and 338 girls) Pakistani preteens and teenagers. The participants were randomly selected to complete a survey based on validated instruments, internet addiction test, cyber aggression questionnaire for adolescent, and displaced aggression questionnaire. Pearson’s correlation coefficients, one-way analysis of variance, and independent sample t-test were run to scrutinize hypothesis using Statistical Package for Social Sciences version 20 (IBM SPSS Corp.; Armonk, NY, USA). The results revealed that 34% of the youth was severely or moderately addicted to internet misuse. Furthermore, findings demonstrated that internet addiction is significantly and positively associated with cyber aggression and displaced aggression. Results also highlighted that internet addiction, cyber aggression, angry rumination, and displaced aggression vary with sex, and internet obsession is higher in boys than in girls. Implications of these results were discussed and some recommendations suggested. 

Cite this article as: Siddiqui, S., Kazmi, A., B., & Siddiqui U., N. (2021). Internet Addiction as a precursor for cyber and displaced aggression: A survey study on Pakistani youth. Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions, 8(1), 73-80.

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