Internet gaming addiction: current perspectives

KUSS, D.J., 2013. Internet gaming addiction: current perspectives. Psychology Research and Behavior Management, 6, pp. 125-137. ISSN 1179-1578

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Abstract

In the 2000s, online games became popular, while studies of Internet gaming addiction emerged, outlining the negative consequences of excessive gaming, its prevalence, and associated risk factors. The establishment of specialized treatment centers in South-East Asia, the US, and Europe reflects the growing need for professional help. It is argued that only by understanding the appeal of Internet gaming, its context, and neurobiologic correlates can the phenomenon of Internet gaming addiction be understood comprehensively. The aim of this review is to provide an insight into current perspectives on Internet gaming addiction using a holistic approach, taking into consideration the mass appeal of online games, the context of Internet gaming addiction, and associated neuroimaging findings, as well as the current diagnostic framework adopted by the American Psychiatric Association. The cited research indicates that the individual's context is a significant factor that marks the dividing line between excessive gaming and gaming addiction, and the game context can gain particular importance for players, depending on their life situation and gaming preferences.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Psychology Research and Behavior Management
Creators: Kuss, D.J.
Publisher: Dove Medical Press Ltd.
Place of Publication: Macclesfield
Date: 2013
Volume: 6
ISSN: 1179-1578
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.2147/PRBM.S39476DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:07
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:19
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8132

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