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Minerva Psichiatrica 2012 September;53(3):153-70

language: English

Are Internet use and video-game-playing addictive behaviors? Biological, clinical and public health implications for youths and adults

Yau Y. H. C. 1, 2, Crowley M. J. 1 , Mayes L. C. 1, Potenza M. N. 1, 3

1 Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA;
2 Division of Psychology and Language Sciences University College London, London, UK;
3 Departments of Psychiatry and Neurobiology, Yale University School of Medicine, Connecticut Mental Health Center, New Haven, CT, USA


Internet use and video-game playing are experiencing rapid growth among both youth and adult populations. Research suggests that a minority of users experience symptoms traditionally associated with substance-related addictions. Mental health professionals, policy makers and the general public continue to debate the issue of Internet addiction (IA) and problematic video-game playing (PVG). This review identifies existing studies into the clinical and biological characteristics of these disorders that may help guide decisions as to whether or not IA and PVG should be grouped together with substance use disorders (SUDs).

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