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    Internet addiction

    Pontes, Halley and Satel, J. and McDowall, Almuth (2022) Internet addiction. In: Pontes, Halley (ed.) Behavioral Addictions: Conceptual, Clinical, Assessment, and Treatment Approaches. Studies in Neuroscience, Psychology and Behavioral Economics. Springer, pp. 119-145. ISBN 9783031047718.

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    This chapter reviews the current literature on internet addiction (IA) and provides a comprehensive summary regarding: (i) potential positive and negative effects of internet and technology use, (ii) main conceptual frameworks, (iii) biological bases, (iv) comorbidity factors, (v) prevalence rates, (vi) assessment methodologies, and (vii) treatment approaches. Although the current evidence suggests a relatively low prevalence rate of IA worldwide, and that several scholars remain doubtful about the validity and utility of IA as a clinical phenomenon, the existing evidence indicates that further research is required in order to facilitate greater understanding of this intricate issue and to tackle a range of challenges identified in the literature. Furthermore, the current scientific trend points toward the adoption of more specific terms that underscore the role of specific online activities in eliciting addictive usage, as opposed to the adoption of the broad and unspecific umbrella term IA.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Halley Pontes
    Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2022 13:40
    Last Modified: 07 Aug 2023 16:12


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