Fantasy football (soccer) playing and internet addiction among online fantasy football participants: a descriptive survey study

Columb, D., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and O’Gara, C., 2022. Fantasy football (soccer) playing and internet addiction among online fantasy football participants: a descriptive survey study. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 20 (2), pp. 1200-1211. ISSN 1557-1874

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The aim of the present study was to ascertain the levels of possible internet addiction within fantasy football (FF) (soccer) participants and the characteristics of the participants within this group. An online survey of questions regarding characteristics of regular FF participants and consumption of FF-related content was posted on FF internet forums (Reddit and Self-selecting participants (N = 684) completed the survey containing questions on FF (time spent during weekdays/weekend on FF, gambling on FF, devices used to access FF), internet use (time spent on internet on weekdays/weekends) and an internet addiction screening questionnaire (Chen Internet Addiction Scale). Subgroup analysis was performed on each variable by nationality (Irish, UK and worldwide). Of the 684 participants, 17.5% (diagnostic) and 24.9% (screening) participants met criteria for internet addiction, above the expected level in the general population. The most frequent time spent on FF during weekdays was 30–60 min per day (32.2%) and 1–2 h per day on weekends (29.1%). Over half of participants (50.6%) gambled on FF with the majority (61.3%) gambling once per year and 74.3% of participants gambling less than €50 per year on FF. Avid FF participants demonstrated an increased likelihood of internet addiction compared prevalence rates of previous epidemiological studies among different cohorts. This may be due to FF itself and the increased consumption of FF-related content. Further large-scale nationally representative studies are required to compare regular and casual participants of FF in relation to possible internet addiction.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Columb, D., Griffiths, M.D. and O’Gara, C.
Publisher: Springer
Date: April 2022
Volume: 20
Number: 2
ISSN: 1557-1874
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Date Added: 07 Dec 2020 09:29
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2022 11:31

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