Adult social sites
Adolescents and youth may particularly be attracted to and preoccupied with various online activities.A nationwide survey conducted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan (MIAC) in 2017 demonstrated that 96.9% of teenagers in Japan use the internet on a daily basis (1).Regarding hikikomori trait, the subjects at high risk for hikikomori on HQ-25 had longer internet usage time and higher scores on both IAT and SAS-SV.Correlation analyses revealed that HQ-25 and IAT scores had a relatively strong relationship, although HQ-25 and SAS-SV had a moderately weak one.It appears that adolescents and youth maintain their friendship primarily by communicating on the internet, especially young women.Hikikomori phenomena, severe social withdrawal, is one of the most serious social concerns in Japan over the last two decades (28, 29).
Two-group comparisons between gamers and social media users, according to the main purpose of internet use, showed that gamers used the internet longer and had significantly higher mean IAT and HQ-25 scores.
A lot of teens have their smartphones with them throughout the day due to smartphones having superb mobility and multifunction capability.
They can connect to the internet anytime and anywhere.
Discussion: Internet technology has changed our daily lives dramatically and altered the way we communicate as well.
As social media applications are becoming more popular, users are connected more tightly to the internet and their time spent with others in the real world continues to decrease.