Editorial: Internet addictions

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Abstract

Dear researchers, colleagues, and readers interested in research on the internet and technology,
it is a pleasure to introduce this special issue on “Internet addictions” for Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace. In this issue, we feature several new articles on a diverse range of topics which we trust will be of interest to readers. As many working in this field can attest, there is often much debate on several conceptual issues around the topic of problems and disorders related to online platforms and activities. Is Internet addiction a valid disorder? Does the term offer clarity and practical utility, or does it confuse problems that can occur both online and offline? Does it misdirect attention from more clinically relevant explanations for excessive technology use? Does it open the door to a new wave of disorders – Facebook addiction, Twitter addiction, Snapchat addiction, Pokemon Go addiction, Virtual Reality addiction – of dubious validity and clinical utility?
We present this issue with full acknowledgement of these conceptual dilemmas.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Number of pages5
JournalCyberpsychology
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

The articles in Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace are open access articles licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the work is properly cited. The author of the work thus grants Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace a non-exclusive license and all publishing rights are therefore left to the author without any further restrictions.

Keywords

  • Internet
  • Internet gaming disorder
  • Addiction
  • DSM-5

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