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Ohm, Cho, Hong, Hahm, Chung, Ahn, Jeon, Seong, Park, and Lee: The Differences of Suicidal Behavior, Stress, Internet Gaming Disorder-Related Symptoms and Personality Traits between Internet Game Overusers and General Users



The purpose of this study was to investigate the differences of the suicidal behavior, stress, internet gaming disorder-related symptoms and personality profiles between online game overusers and general users.


A total of 460 adult online game users (40 overusers, 420 general users) participated in this study and were asked to complete several self-report measures. Questionnaires included demographic information, suicidal behavior, stress, internet gaming disorder-related symptoms, and big five inventory-10.


Compared to the general user group, the overuser group showed statistically significant higher suicide idea, suicidal plan, stress, internet game withdrawal symptoms, online game-related daily life problems and lower extraversion, conscientiousness. Online game overusers showed lower extraversion, decreased conscientiousness, and higher neuroticism compared to the psychiatrically undiagnosed group.


The current results indicate the possibility that online game overuse may be related to suicidal behavior, stress, and the personality traits of extraversion, conscientiousness, and neuroticism.

Figures and Tables

Table 1
Demographic features, suicidal idea, plan, attempt, stress between overuser group and general user group

Chi-square test. *: Statistically significant, : Classified by average monthly income. Lower : Less than 2 million won, Middle : 2-3 million won, Upper : Over 3 million won

Table 2
Internet gaming disorder related symptoms reported by internet game general user group and overuser group

Chi-square test. *: Statistically significant

Table 3
The trait of Big Five Inventory between internet game overuser group and general user group

Independent t-test. *: Statistically significant

Table 4
The trait of Big Five Inventory between game overuser group and psychiatrically undiagnosed group

Independent t-test. *: Statistically significant


The authors have no financial conflicts of interest.


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