Is it meaningful to distinguish between generalized and specific Internet addiction? Evidence from a cross-cultural study from Germany, Sweden, Taiwan and China.

@article{Montag2015IsIM,
  title={Is it meaningful to distinguish between generalized and specific Internet addiction? Evidence from a cross-cultural study from Germany, Sweden, Taiwan and China.},
  author={Christian Montag and Katharina Bey and Peng Sha and Mei Li and Yongwang Chen and Wei-Yin Liu and Yi-Kang Zhu and Chun-Bo Li and Sebastian Markett and Julia Keiper and Martin Reuter},
  journal={Asia-Pacific psychiatry : official journal of the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists},
  year={2015},
  volume={7 1},
  pages={20-6}
}
INTRODUCTION It has been hypothesized that two distinctive forms of Internet addiction exist. Here, generalized Internet addiction refers to the problematic use of the Internet covering a broad range of Internet-related activities. In contrast, specific forms of Internet addiction target the problematic use of distinct online activities such as excessive online video gaming or activities in social networks. METHODS The present study investigates the relationship between generalized and… CONTINUE READING

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