Internet addiction

Tan Lei Shek, Lu Yu, Rachel C.F. Sun

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As Internet addiction is a growing problem in the global context, it has attracted considerable scientific and public attention. The present chapter starts with a review of the historical development of the issue including the relevant journals, websites as well as its conceptualization. Regarding assessment of Internet addiction, different assessment tools are presented and related prevalence studies are examined. Concerning explanations of Internet addiction, different perspectives including biological, psychoanalytic, behavioral, cognitive, cognitivebehavioral, humanistic, interpersonal and family, sociocultural and ecological perspectives are presented. Besides, psychosocial correlates and treatment of Internet addiction are explored. Finally, the outlook, conclusions and future directions surrounding Internet addiction are outlined.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeuroscience in the 21st Century
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Basic to Clinical, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages44
ISBN (Electronic)9781493934744
ISBN (Print)9781493934737
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Assessment
  • History
  • Internet addiction
  • Problematic internet use
  • Psychosocial correlates
  • Review
  • Theory
  • Treatment and intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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