Document Type : Original Article(s)
Associate Professor, School of Education, The University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran.
Psychiatrist, Kerman Neuroscience Research Center, School of Medicine, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran.
Master of Curriculum Planning, The University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran.
Assistant Professor, School of Education, The University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran.
Resident, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran.
Background: This study aimed to investigate and compare the social skills of students addicted to computer games with normal students. The dependent variable in the present study is the social skills. Methods: The study population included all the students in the second grade of public secondary school in the city of Isfahan at the educational year of 2009-2010. The sample size included 564 students selected using the cluster random sampling method. Data collection was conducted using Questionnaire of Addiction to Computer Games and Social Skills Questionnaire (The Teenage Inventory of Social Skill or TISS). Findings: The results of the study showed that generally, there was a significant difference between the social skills of students addicted to computer games and normal students. In addition, the results indicated that normal students had a higher level of social skills in comparison with students addicted to computer games. Conclusion: As the study results showed, addiction to computer games may affect the quality and quantity of social skills. In other words, the higher the addiction to computer games, the less the social skills. The individuals addicted to computer games have less social skills. Keywords: Computer games, Addiction to computer games, Social skills, Guidance school students.