Information Security in the World of Digital Natives: How Internet Addiction, Sensation Seeking and Information Security Behaviors are Related
In the study, information security awareness of young persons, named as digital natives, is evaluated within the
context of internet addictions and sensation seeking. The sample of the study consisted of 246 students. The most important
finding of this study was that internet addiction had significant positive relationships with risky behaviors, exposure to crime
and protective behaviors. Risky behavior scores of females and sensation seeking scores of males were significantly higher.
Any significant relationship between sensation seeking and information security awareness could not be observed. Results
indicated that individuals with higher internet addiction may be under greater risk in terms of information security.
Keywords— Information Security, Awareness, Addictive Internet Use, Sensation Seeking.