publication . Article . Other literature type . 2000

Does Internet and Computer "Addiction" Exist? Some Case Study Evidence

Griffiths, MD;
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  • Published: 01 Apr 2000 Journal: CyberPsychology & Behavior, volume 3, pages 211-218 (issn: 1094-9313, eissn: 1557-8364, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert Inc
  • Country: United Kingdom
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 pur...
Medical Subject Headings: mental disorders
free text keywords: Empirical evidence, Addiction, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Consumer behaviour, Psychology, Hacker, The Internet, business.industry, business, Cyberspace, Applied psychology, Anecdotal evidence, Computer addiction, Social psychology
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