Prevalence of problematic internet use during the COVID-19 pandemic

Burkauskas, J., Gecaite-Stonciene, J., Demetrovics, Z., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Király, O., 2022. Prevalence of problematic internet use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences: 101179. ISSN 2352-1546

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Abstract

The present paper reviews recent studies on problematic internet use (PIU) prevalence before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several pre-pandemic meta-analyses reported PIU prevalence estimates ranging from 6% to 9.7%. Experts in the field of online addictions speculated that PIU would increase during the pandemic because of increased time spent on the internet. However, it is still unclear if increased time on the internet resulted in higher PIU prevalence estimates during the pandemic. Prevalence estimates differed greatly across studies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Possible inconsistencies are outlined together with future directions for PIU prevalence studies.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
Creators: Burkauskas, J., Gecaite-Stonciene, J., Demetrovics, Z., Griffiths, M.D. and Király, O.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: 15 June 2022
ISSN: 2352-1546
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10.1016/j.cobeha.2022.101179DOI
1553558Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 17 Jun 2022 11:40
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2022 11:40
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/46465

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