Online addictions: conceptualizations, debates, and controversies

Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Pontes, H.M. ORCID: 0000-0001-8020-7623 and Kuss, D.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-8917-782X, 2016. Online addictions: conceptualizations, debates, and controversies. Addicta: the Turkish Journal on Addictions, 3 (2), pp. 1-14. ISSN 2148-7286

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The activity of play has endured throughout human history and more recently, the Internet has emerged as a playground increasingly populated by gamblers, gamers, shoppers, and social networkers. Research suggests that a minority of online users experience symptoms raditionally associated with substance-related addictions, including mood modification, tolerance, conflict, and salience. Previous research suggests that a combination of individual, situational, and structural characteristics determine whether, and to what extent, individuals engage in various online activities. For instance, it is believed that access, affordability, and anonymity are critical factors that make the Internet viable for the acquisition, development, and maintenance of online addictions. Since the current scientific knowledge of online addiction is copious in scope and appears
relatively complex, this paper examines a selection of the main debates in the field, the conceptualization
of excessive online behavior as an addiction, and other key controversies.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Addicta: the Turkish Journal on Addictions
Creators: Griffiths, M.D., Pontes, H.M. and Kuss, D.J.
Publisher: Turkish Green Crescent Society
Date: October 2016
Volume: 3
Number: 2
ISSN: 2148-7286
Rights: Copyright © 2016 Türkiye Yeşilay Cemiyeti. Open access journal.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 04 Nov 2016 10:56
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 15:17

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