Internet gaming addiction: a systematic review of empirical research

Kuss, D.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-8917-782X and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2012. Internet gaming addiction: a systematic review of empirical research. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 10 (2), pp. 278-296. ISSN 1557-1874


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The activity of play has been ever present in human history and the Internet has emerged as a playground increasingly populated by gamers. Research suggests that a minority of Internet game players experience symptoms traditionally associated with substance-related addictions, including mood modification, tolerance and salience. Because the current scientific knowledge of Internet gaming addiction is copious in scope and appears relatively complex, this literature review attempts to reduce this confusion by providing an innovative framework by which all the studies to date can be categorized. A total of 58 empirical studies were included in this literature review. Using the current empirical knowledge, it is argued that Internet gaming addiction follows a continuum, with antecedents in etiology and risk factors, through to the development of a “full-blown” addiction, followed by ramifications in terms of negative consequences and potential treatment. The results are evaluated in light of the emergent discrepancies in findings, and the consequent implications for future research.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Kuss, D.J. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Date: 2012
Volume: 10
Number: 2
ISSN: 1557-1874
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:42
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:36

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