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Internet addiction or problematic internet use? Which term should be used?


Fernandes, B and Maia, BR and Pontes, HM, Internet addiction or problematic internet use? Which term should be used?, USP Psicologia, 30 Article e190020. ISSN 1678-5177 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1590/0103-6564e190020


Internet use has increased exponentially worldwide. Although the use itself is not negative, since it integrates several benefits, some individuals seem to show problems related to its excessive, uncontrolled, and dysfunctional use. Therefore, the interest of researchers in exploring this use, when it is excessive and unhealthy, has been growing, especially in the last two decades. However, being a subject/construct treated by different authors with different theoretical frameworks, several terms are used in the literature to describe this phenomenon. Regarding this, this article proposes to present a literature review of two of the most used and shared concepts in the scientific literature, that is, internet addiction and problematic internet use.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Internet addiction, problematic internet use, conceptualization
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:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Pontes, HM (Dr Halley de Oliveira Miguel Pontes)
ID Code:135272
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2019-10-09
Last Modified:2019-11-15
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