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03-11-2017, 16:49   #1
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Internet Addiction?

Chih-Hung Ko, et al in Factors Predictive for Incidence and Remission of Internet Addiction in Young Adolescents: A Prospective Study, CyberPsychology & Behavior, Volume: 10 Issue 4: August 21, 2007, concluded: "High exploratory excitability, low reward dependence, low self-esteem, low family function, and online game playing predicted the emergency [emergence?] of the Internet addiction."

Makes me wonder where the threshold exists between modern day Internet communications levels and "Internet Addiction?" Was this a line-in-the-sand established by clinical professionals with universal agreement, or a threshold that was so highly patient specific that it varied greatly between patients and normal Internet users?

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Chih-Hung Ko, et al in Factors Predictive for Incidence and Remission of Internet Addiction in Young Adolescents: A Prospective Study, CyberPsychology & Behavior, Volume: 10 Issue 4: August 21, 2007, concluded: "High exploratory excitability, low reward dependence, low self-esteem, low family function, and online game playing predicted the emergency [emergence?] of the Internet addiction."

Makes me wonder where the threshold exists between modern day Internet communications levels and "Internet Addiction?" Was this a line-in-the-sand established by clinical professionals with universal agreement, or a threshold that was so highly patient specific that it varied greatly between patients and normal Internet users?

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This is a tricky one. I suppose when we hear the word "addiction" the first images that spring to mind are heroin addicts, or alcoholics and maybe further down that list would be gambling. Out of those, gambling is the only non-substance based addiction. The internet would fit into this bracket. However, is internet/gaming addiction a symptom of an underlying problem, or would it be the problem itself? Ie. If there was no Internet, would problematic gamers simply display addictive behaviour in other ways? There is no doubt that gaming and the like releases serotonin in the brain so there certainly is the potential there for addiction. I think it would be useful to probe the societal links further. For example, Cheng & Li (2014) found that Internet addiction varies among countries and is inversely related to quality of life.

Cheng, C., & Li, A. Y. L. (2014). Internet addiction prevalence and quality of (real) life: a meta-analysis of 31 nations across seven world regions. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 17(12), 755-760.

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Internet addiction not included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
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In a study of Korean teens it was concluded that 2 of 100 exhibited IAD (Internet Addiction Disorder). In briefly reviewing the study methodology I found it a bit problematic.

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Mann Hyung Hur, Demographic, Habitual, and Socioeconomic Determinants of Internet Addiction Disorder: An Empirical Study of Korean Teenagers, CyberPsychology & Behavior, Volume: 9 Issue 5: October 11, 2006.
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Regarding Online Gaming Addicts, a study from 2012 found that "Gray matter volume changes are present in online game addicts and they may be correlated with the occurrence and maintenance of OGA." (Weng et al. 2012).

They compared the scans of online gaming addicts to people that were not big users. As with all research of this nature, there would want to be a lot more studies done, it could be that the scans were different due to other factors, possibly caused by addictive behaviour.

Weng, C. B., Qian, R. B., Fu, X. M., Lin, B., Ji, X. B., Niu, C. S., & Wang, Y. H. (2012). A voxel-based morphometric analysis of brain gray matter in online game addicts. Zhonghua yi xue za zhi, 92(45), 3221-3223.

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Generation Z is demographic cohort after the Millennials. Cohort also referred to as "Internet generation." Would Internet addiction vary by generation? What might be addiction for Baby Boom, might be normal for Generation Z?
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Defining Internet addiction. Problematic and alternative explanation. Could be myth in this case following Thomas Szasz?

Ref: Szasz, T. S. (1974). The myth of mental illness: Foundations of a theory of personal conduct.
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Generation Z is demographic cohort after the Millennials. Cohort also referred to as "Internet generation." Would Internet addiction vary by generation? What might be addiction for Baby Boom, might be normal for Generation Z?
I too, would be interested in the results of that. Considering screen time is now constant with smart phones and games are becoming ever more interactive (plus they are now part of VR) I think we may have to wait maybe a decade for something concrete (conclusions wise) but it is one to keep an eye out for. If addiction does not increase then we might be safely able to deduce that something else might cause it. Or if it is the technology itself, then that would be new ground. Interesting times ahead!
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Tech assisted communications have become ubiquitous. Given this, defining Internet addition becomes problematic.
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"In 2015, the market research firm Wildness conducted a study on 12 to 24 year olds in the U.S... The study revealed that 80 percent of Gen Z say finding themselves creatively is important. Over 25 percent post original video on a weekly basis, while 65 percent enjoy creating and sharing content on social media."

If the Wildness study has merit, operationalisation of concept "Internet addiction" to variable measures may be problematic indeed, especially when comparing Baby Boomers against Generation Z samples. Boomers exhibiting Generation Z Internet usage may appear "addicted," while such usage by Generation Z may be normal and not addicted.
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Internet addition? Baby Boom vs Gen X. Cliche: "Different strokes for different folks."
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Freudian slip?
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Addition vs addiction. Twice.
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Have Smartphones Destroyed GenX? Jean M. Twenge suggested GenX'ers have become socially isolated from physical, face-to-face communications relying on Smartphones to compensate. Such social isolation was associated with increased levels of teen depression, considerably more so than Millennials.
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