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    Addiction and entertainment products

    Griffiths, M.D. and Pontes, Halley (2015) Addiction and entertainment products. In: Nakatsu, R. and Rauterberg, M. and Ciancarini, P. (eds.) Handbook of Digital Games and Entertainment Technologies. Springer, pp. 1-22. ISBN 9789814560528.

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    Technological forms of entertainment have become increasingly popular among both adults and adolescents. However, there have been a growing number of reports about excessive use of entertainment technology and potentially addictive use (e.g., to video games, mobile phones, the Internet, etc.). The present chapter briefly overviews addiction to these entertainment products (i.e., “technological addictions”) by defining addiction and arguing that technological addictions are a type of behavioral addiction. The chapter also reviews the empirical literature concerning online gaming addiction and social networking addiction, as well as examining the differences between Internet gaming addiction and Internet addiction. The chapter demonstrates that issues encountered by contemporary researchers and clinicians regarding the assessment of online addictions appear complex and include several factors. It is concluded that there is a clear need to distinguish between addictions to the Internet and addictions on the Internet. Gambling or gaming addicts who chooses to engage in online gambling and gaming are not Internet addicts – the Internet is just the place where they conduct their chosen (addictive) behavior. Based on empirical research, it is evident that excessive entertainment technology use appears to be at least potentially addictive. Further research is needed on whether activities such as video game addiction and Internet addictions such as social networking addiction are distinct clinical entities.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Gaming addiction, Online gaming addiction, Facebook addiction, Social networking addiction, Behavioral addiction, Internet addiction, Online addictions, Video game addiction, Internet gaming disorder
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2021 13:37
    Last Modified: 07 Aug 2023 16:13


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