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The evolution of Internet addiction: a global perspective


Griffiths, MD and Kuss, DJ and Billieux, J and Pontes, HD, The evolution of Internet addiction: a global perspective, Addictive Behaviors, 53 pp. 193-195. ISSN 0306-4603 (2016) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.11.001


Kimberly Young's initial work on Internet addiction (IA) was pioneering and her early writings on the topic inspired many others to carry out research in the area. Young's (2015) recent paper on the ‘evolution of Internet addiction’ featured very little European research, and did not consider the main international evidence that has contributed to our current knowledge about the conceptualization, epidemiology, etiology, and course of Internet-related disorders. This short commentary paper elaborates on important literature omitted by Young that the present authors believe may be of use to researchers. We also address statements made in Young's (2015) commentary that are incorrect (and therefore misleading) and not systematically substantiated by empirical evidence.

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Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:Internet addiction, Internet-related disorders, Internet gaming disorder, Internet use disorder, online addictions
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Pontes, HD (Dr Halley de Oliveira Miguel Pontes)
ID Code:132458
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:90
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2019-05-08
Last Modified:2019-06-03

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