The Influence Of Internet Usage On The Emotional Well-Being Of Youth

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Malaysia is the 9th country in the world in terms of active users of social media. Almost 80% of the population spends about 8 hours daily browsing the internet. The enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in 2020 saw a drastic increase in the traffic flow of internet usage by 32% nationwide. However, a few parties abuse digital platforms to attract public attention and have fun on social media. This study aims to analyze internet usage's influence on youth's emotional well-being. The study used a survey design through the distribution of online questionnaires to 436 respondents in Melaka, and the data obtained were analyzed through SPSS 23.0 software. Results indicated that 63% of the respondents use the internet more than 6 hours daily for various purposes and needs. The use of the internet and social media has affected emotional well-being, which is lack of self-confidence (m = 3.85), depression (m = 3.76), anxiety (m = 3.21) and suicide ideation (m = 2.37). People must not so compromise the sophistication of technology in its users' human values that it is used to manipulate and infringe on other people's rights. The ethical use of social media and online tools makes the internet a fantastic platform for carrying out various tasks and meeting current needs.

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31 October 2022

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Abdul Hamid, M. F., Meerangani, K. A., Suyurno, S. S., Mustafar, M. Z., Md Sharipp, M. T., & Omar Mukhtar, M. Y. (2022). The Influence Of Internet Usage On The Emotional Well-Being Of Youth. In H. H. Kamaruddin, T. D. N. M. Kamaruddin, T. D. N. S. Yaacob, M. A. M. Kamal, & K. F. Ne'matullah (Eds.), Reimagining Resilient Sustainability: An Integrated Effort in Research, Practices & Education, vol 3. European Proceedings of Multidisciplinary Sciences (pp. 313-322). European Publisher. https://doi.org/10.15405/epms.2022.10.30