Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Caroline Clauss-Ehlers

Committee Chair and Members

Caroline Clauss-Ehlers, Chair

Joan Duncan


Addiction, Albania, Big Five Inventory, Internet, Internet addiction test, Personality traits


The internet is one of the most important inventions that has brought the world together. It has changed the way we live, the way we work, and the way we learn. The internet takes a major part of our time, and research has shown that people struggle to find the balance between being online or offline. When this escalates to the level of addiction, we have a major problem. Even though this is now a worrying problem, just a few investigations have been made into understanding the relationship between internet addiction and its potential risk factors. This study aims to explore and understand the relationship between personality traits and internet addiction in a sample of Albanian university students. To date, the researcher could not identify any existing studies that examine internet addiction and personality traits among Albanian young adults. Students from a private university in Albania were asked to complete two questionnaires, that were designed (1) to measure the presence and severity of internet addiction and (2) to measure the big five personality traits. The conclusions provided by the data analysis indicated that internet addiction had a significant negative correlation with conscientiousness but there was no other significant correlation between internet addiction and the other Big Five personality traits.

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