Internet Abuse: Addiction? Disorder? Symptom? Alternative Explanations?

  • Morahan-Martin J
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Abstract

As Internet use has proliferated worldwide, there has been debate whether some users develop disturbed patterns of Internet use (i.e., Internet abuse). This article highlights relevant literature on Internet abuse & computer-mediated communication effects that supports & disputes major questions about Internet abuse. Is the addiction paradigm appropriate for Internet use? Is behavior that has been labeled Internet abuse symptomatic of other problems such as depression, sexual disorders, or loneliness? What are alternative explanations for this phenomenon? Is there adequate research to support Internet abuse as a distinct disorder? 47 References. [Reprinted by permission of Sage Publications Inc., copyright 2005.]

Author-supplied keywords

  • $$CSA
  • $$RNR
  • *Addiction
  • *Computer Mediated Communication
  • *Internet
  • *Psychological Distress
  • 1772 sociology of science
  • Communication
  • Computer Mediated Communication
  • Depression
  • English
  • Internet
  • Loneliness
  • Psychology
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • sociology of technology

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  • Janet Morahan-Martin

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