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    Online addictions: conceptualizations, debates, and controversies

    Griffiths, M.D. and Pontes, Halley and Kuss, D.J. (2016) Online addictions: conceptualizations, debates, and controversies. Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions 3 (2), pp. 151-164. ISSN 2148-7286.

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    The activity of play has endured throughout human history and more recently, the Internet has emerged as a playground increasingly populated by gamblers, gamers, shoppers, and social networkers. Research suggests that a minority of online users experience symptoms traditionally associated with substance-related addictions, including mood modification, tolerance, conflict, and salience. Previous research suggests that a combination of individual, situational, and structural characteristics determine whether, and to what extent, individuals engage in various online activities. For instance, it is believed that access, affordability, and anonymity are critical factors that make the Internet viable for the acquisition, development, and maintenance of online addictions. Since the current scientific knowledge of online addiction is copious in scope and appears relatively complex, this paper examines a selection of the main debates in the field, the conceptualization of excessive online behavior as an addiction, and other key controversies.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Internet addiction, Online addiction, Gaming addiction, Addiction debates, Addiction controversies
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2021 15:03
    Last Modified: 07 Aug 2023 16:15


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