• Robyn Hromek (Honorary Associate, The University of Sydney, Australia)

    Games are inherently engaging – children, adults, kittens and chimps, all play to learn and have fun – and they have been a part of human culture throughout history.

  • Brad Marshall

    Like it or not, computer and internet use is firmly cemented in our social structure. There are many advantages to these technological advancements including the revolution of how our children are educated, accessing information, learning and communicating.

  • Ran Tao, Xiuqin Huang, Jinan Wang, Huimin Zhang, Ying Zhang & Mengchen Li

    The objective of this study was to develop diagnostic criteria for internet addiction disorder (IAD) and to evaluate the validity of our proposed diagnostic criteria for discriminating non-dependent from dependent internet use in the general population.

  • Laura Widyanto, Ph.D., and Mary McMurran, Ph.D

    There is growing concern about excessive Internet use and whether this can amount to an addiction. In researching this topic, a valid and reliable assessment instrument is essential. In her survey of Internet addiction, Young designed the Internet Addiction Test (IAT), which provides a basis for developments.

  • Jerald J. Block

    Internet addiction appears to be a common disorder that merits inclusion in DSM-V. Conceptually, the diagnosis is a compulsive-impulsive spectrum disorder that involves online and/or offline computer usage and consists of at least three subtypes: excessive gaming, sexual preoccupations, and e-mail/text messaging.

  • Richard Eckersley

    A new view of young people seems to be gaining currency in Western popular culture. It portrays them as riding the crest of a wave of change - rushing into a dazzling, turbulent, high-tech future - while adults flounder in its wake.

  • Aviv Weinstein, Ph.D., and Michel Lejoyeux, Ph.D.

    Problematic Internet addiction or excessive Internet use is characterized by excessive or poorly controlled preoccupations, urges, or behaviors regarding computer use and Internet access that lead to impairment or distress. Currently, there is no recognition of internet addiction within the spectrum of addictive disorders and, therefore, no corresponding diagnosis.

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