The research here presented has the objective of evaluating the prevalence of problematic Internet use (PIU) and its correlation with maladaptive outcomes in a sample of Italian students. 308 participants (46.8% males and 53.2% females, mean age of 14.87 years) were recruited in North Italy schools. 6.5% of participants met scores compatible with PIU in the screening questionnaire. Results seem to indicate that youth with PIU show worse coping strategies, worse interpersonal relations (especially with parents) and tend to use Internet for more hours. Results are read in the light of Adler concept of Social Feeling.
Keywords: Problematic Internet use, quality of interpersonal relations, coping strategies, social feeling