CHARACTERISTICS OF ADAPTIVE INTERNET USER IN THAI ADOLESCENTS

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Pakawan Nantasen
Khwanying Sriprasertpap
Ujsara Prasertsin

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This research aimed to study the characteristics of adaptive internet user in Thai adolescents. The researcher used semi-structured in-dept interviewing, a qualitative research method, with key informants. The sample used in this research included 3 experts on internet using behavior, 3 adolescents using the internet adaptively, and 3 adolescents with internet addiction selected by a purposive sampling technique. The adaptive usage of internet was used as a concept for interviewing. Qualitative data were analyzed through content analysis. Findings showed the 7 characteristics of adaptive internet user in Thai adolescents: 1) doing activities adaptively, 2) prioritizing activities, 3) planning for proper use, 4) doing activities as planned, 5) following up, 6) using other activities as alternatives, and 7) being a role model. The findings helped to understand more about the characteristics of adaptive internet user in Thai adolescents. Moreover, these could apply to build the characteristics of adaptive internet user within oneself. The specialists, such as teachers, psychologists, technical officers, and psychiatrists, could use these results with the treatment or prevent the internet addiction in Thai adolescents.

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