Server connection versus marital disconnection: An investigation of the effect of internet addiction on couple burnout in Iran

Reyhaneh Bagheri, Shahla Ostovar, Mark D. Griffiths, Intan Hashimah Mohd Hashim

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The internet has become ubiquitous in many people's lives to an extent that necessitates the investigation of its impact on marital relationships. There has been a lack of such studies in the Iranian context and the present study investigated the relationship between internet addiction and couple burnout. A total of 377 married individuals participated in an online survey comprising demographic information, the Internet Addiction Test (IAT), and the Couple Burnout Measure (CBM). Partial least squares –structure equation modeling (PLS-SEM) was used to assess the relationships in the proposed research model. Structural equation modelling showed a significant effect of sub-components of internet addiction (lack of control; social withdrawal and emotional conflict; time management problems; and concealing problematic behavior) on emotional burnout. In addition, lack of control and time management problems showed significant and positive effect on somatic burnout. However, the relationships between internet addiction components and psychological burnout were not demonstrated as hypothesized. Given the explained relationships between factors comprising internet addiction and couple burnout, couple therapists need to be made more aware of the risks of internet overuse upon marital relationships and to encourage couples to optimize the internet use to prevent negative outcomes (in particular emotional burnout) among couples.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102163
Number of pages8
JournalTechnology in Society
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023


  • Coupleburnout
  • Displacement theory
  • Internet addiction
  • Marital relationships

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