Does Internet and computer 'addiction' exist? Some case study evidence

GRIFFITHS, M.D., 2000. Does Internet and computer 'addiction' exist? Some case study evidence. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 3 (2), pp. 211-218. ISSN 1094-9313

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Abstract

It has been alleged that social pathologies are beginning to surface in cyberspace (i.e., technological addictions). To date, there is very little empirical evidence that computing activities (i.e., internet use, hacking, programming) are addictive. Anecdotal evidence indicates that the typical “addict” is a teenager, usually male, with little or no social life, and little or no self-confidence. This article concentrates on five case studies of excessive computer usage. It is argued that of the five cases, only two of them describe “addicted” subjects. Addiction components criteria were used in the assessment. The excessive usage in the majority of cases was purely symptomatic and was highlighted how the subjects used the Internet/computer to counteract other deficiencies.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: CyberPsychology & Behavior
Creators: Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Place of Publication: Larchmont, NY, USA
Date: 2000
Volume: 3
Number: 2
ISSN: 1094-9313
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1089/109493100316067DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:12
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:22
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9434

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