RELATIONSHIP OF CYBER-ADDICTION WITH ALEXITHYMIA IN YOUNG MEN

  • Юлія Асєєва PhD in Psychology, Head of the Department of General Scientific, Social and Behavioral Disciplines of the Odessa Institute of the Interregional Academy of Personnel Management
Keywords: non-chemical addiction, alexithymia, cyber-addiction, gambling addiction, Internet addiction, adolescence

Abstract

Introduction. Currently, the scale of cyber addiction, Internet addiction, gadget addiction and other non-chemical addictions associated with interactive technologies is so significant that they are singled out in a number of new addictions that significantly affect the formation of young people and society as a whole.
Purpose – the analysis of empirical data on the identification of alexithymia in young men with manifestations of cyber addiction.
Research methods. Bibliographic and historical analysis, psychodiagnostic (test method "Toronto Alexithymia Scale" (TAS)), mathematical and statistical.
Research results. In order to carry out a detailed verification of the signs of cyber addictions, alexithymic manifestations were studied in young men with manifestations of cyber-addictions.
The study involved 269 boys aged 14-21 years. This made it possible to more clearly understand the generation of manifestations of aggression, anxiety, depression, conflict and disturbances in the interpersonal communication of male cyber-addicts. According to the results of the data obtained, it was found that the majority of young men in the age category from 14 to 21 years old do not show manifestations of cyber-addictions – non-alexithymic (more than 50%), and respondents with cyber-addictions have manifestations of alexithymia in 45%-50% of respondents.
Conclusions. Thus, it is possible to characterize young men with manifestations of cyber-addictions as people who mainly have manifestations of alexithymia, are incapable of reflection, are prone to the manifestation of short-term, sharply expressed in behavior emotional outbursts, the causes of which they are poorly aware of, and also have manifestations of depression and anxiety.
The study made it possible to include alexithymic manifestations in research markers for the further development of psychocorrectional programs for adolescents suffering from various types of cyber-addictions.

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Published
2020-12-30
How to Cite
Асєєва, Ю. (2020). RELATIONSHIP OF CYBER-ADDICTION WITH ALEXITHYMIA IN YOUNG MEN. Men’s Health, Gender and Psychosomatic Medicine, (1-2), 98-105. https://doi.org/10.37321/UJMH.2020.1-2-11