Conceptual issues concerning Internet addiction and Internet Gaming Disorder: further critique on Ryding and Kaye (2017)

Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2017. Conceptual issues concerning Internet addiction and Internet Gaming Disorder: further critique on Ryding and Kaye (2017). International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

The recent commentary paper by Ryding and Kaye Journal of Mental Health and Addiction (doi 10.1007/s11469-017-9811-6, 2017) rightly claimed that "internet addiction" (IA) is a conceptual minefield and raised some important issues for researchers and treatment providers working in the online addiction field. In the present commentary paper, some of the assertions made by Ryding and Kaye are briefly critiqued and extended. More specifically, the present paper (i) examines IA and Internet-based addictions and argues that IA is now a misnomer, (ii) examines IA and its relationship to Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) and argues IA and IGD are two completely different constructs, and that IGD is a sub-type of gaming disorder rather than a sub-type of IA, (iii) argues that the time spent engaging in online activities is not a good criterion for assessing online addictions and that the context of use is far more important criterion, and (iv) argues that those researchers working in the IA field can learn a lot from the problem gambling field in collecting robust data. More specifically, one of the innovative ways forward could be to build strategic partnerships with commercial online companies to analyze their behavioral tracking data.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer
Date: 17 October 2017
ISSN: 1557-1874
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10.1007/s11469-017-9818-zDOI
9818Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 23 Oct 2017 13:28
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2017 13:28
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31852

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