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

@article{Griffiths2000DoesIA,
  title={Does Internet and Computer "Addiction" Exist? Some Case Study Evidence},
  author={Mark D. Griffiths},
  journal={Cyberpsychology Behav. Soc. Netw.},
  year={2000},
  volume={3},
  pages={211-218}
}
  • M. Griffiths
  • Published 1 April 2000
  • Psychology
  • Cyberpsychology Behav. Soc. Netw.
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… 

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