Problematic Internet use two decades later: apps to wean us off apps

  title={Problematic Internet use two decades later: apps to wean us off apps},
  author={Elias Aboujaoude},
  journal={CNS Spectrums},
  pages={371 - 373}
Two decades of research into problematic Internet use have not yielded an established definition, much less an accepted treatment algorithm that is based on the psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions that have been tested. Meanwhile, technology-mediated tools that purport to curb unnecessary use of Internet-related technologies and the associated negative consequences are gaining in popularity, despite the lack of rigorous clinical trials into their efficacy and safety. Some… 
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