This research aimed to evaluate the level of internet dependency among the adolescent population and its existing correlation with sensation seeking.
A questionnaire on the use, abuse and internet dependency (UADI-2) and the Brief Sensa-tion Seeking Scale (BSSS) was submitted to a group of 155 adolescents who regularly attend Youth Aggregation Centers in Brescia. The results demonstrated that an increasing number of adolescents, regardless of the gen-der, abuse and depend on computing devices for ever-greater period of time throughout the day and confirmed the strict correlation with the aspects of sensation seeking related to dull-ness susceptibility and uninhibited behavior. Additional studies are necessary to identify the factors that affected the high variability of the connecting time and modifications linked to a massive use of devices during the Covid-19 pandemic. Such studies are particularly relevant in order to promote effective promotional and educa-tional plans about the employment of computing technology, involving children, adolescents and their parents.
Keywords: Adolescents, internet use, addiction, sensation seeking.