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In parallel with the world, Internet use in Turkey increases incrementally every year.According to Turkish Statistical Institute (TSI), household Internet use rate was 41.6%; this increased to 45.0% in 2011 and 47.2% in 2012.Although problematic Internet use is a common problem of several cultures (Cao & Su, 2007), teenagers and university students aged 16–24 (TSI, 2012) who are the most frequent users of the Internet, made up with the riskiest group (Chou, Condron & Belland, 2005; Kandell, 1998; Mossbarger, 2008; Öztürk, Odabasıoglu, Eraslan, Genç & Kalyoncu, 2007).On the one hand, a university student can easily access Internet during lectures and during his free time, on the other hand he has to struggle against psychological, social and environmental difficulties (Tutgun & Deniz, 2010; Kim & Davis, 2009; Ceyhan, Ceyhan & Gürcan, 2007).INTRODUCTION In the early 1960s, due to the increasing significant of computers in sharing information, the Internet emerged through ARPANET, which was a military and scientific project.

According to Shapira, Lessig, Goldsmith, Szabo, Lazoritz and Gold (2003) problematic Internet use is like obsessive thinking and a pathology which is accompanied with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

If a student fails to struggle against these difficulties, problems such as stress or depression can occur.

In order to keep out of these problems, students can embrace the Internet which he considers it as a relaxation (Joinson, 2001) and answer to problems (Kandell, 1998; Morahan-Martin & Schumacher, 2003; Shepherd & Edelman 2005).

Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education-TOJDE April 2014 ISSN 1302-6488 Volume: 15 Number: 2 Article 6 EXPLORATION OF PROBLEMATIC INTERNET USE AND LONELINESS AMONG DISTANCE EDUCATION STUDENTS Assist. Tülay DEMIRALAY Trakya University Faculty of Administrative Sciences Balkan Campus Merkez, Edirne, TURKEY Mr.

Ilkay DEMIRALAY Trakya University, Tunca Vocational School Balkan Campus, Merkez, Edirne, TURKEY ABSTRACT The current study investigated the relationship between problematic Internet use and levels of loneliness among 311 distance education students.

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