Psypective: The Social Psychology of Mobile Communication

Internet dependency has been most widely seen as behavioural dependence, and is based on a revamped definition of classic theories of addiction, but it has disputed its relevance and therapeutic use. Since current empirical understanding of online addiction is universal, this chapter discusses the two most studied online addictions and online addictions that have been the most popular in recent years. There are of course, other online addictions that have been carefully studied elsewhere, including online sex addiction, online shopping, and online auctioning, but the number of observational studies is comparatively limited.


Addiction of online gambling


It has been proposed that remote forms of gambling have led to the largest societal change in gambling in the last decade, and that the advent of internet gambling has the potential to lead to a rise in the degree of problematic gambling activity. The Internet provides a wide range of games, spread over a multitude of games. Whether inappropriate online gaming can be categorized as addiction, there are now quite a few reports suggesting that repetitive video gaming can lead to certain psycho-social harmful effects for a minority of the affected persons.


A variety of studies have looked at the role of various personality factors, comorbidity factors, and biological factors, and their relationship with online gambling addiction. In relation to personality characteristics, online gaming addiction has been found to be correlated with psychologic traits using the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2, neuroticism, anger and animosity, avoidant and schizoid interpersonal tendencies, depression and introversion, social avoidance, boredom tendency, feeling-seeking, dwindling complacency, dwindling self-contest.


By using fMRI, biological evidence has demonstrated that online gaming addicts exhibit common neurological pathways and elevated activation in brain regions associated with substance-related addictions and other behavioural addictions, such as pathological gambling. One of the big issues in the online gambling addiction area is that different language is often used for related phenomena, ranging from compulsive Internet usage, problem video game activity, and problematic online gambling use to video game addiction and online gambling addiction.


Various measuring devices have been used to measure defined dysfunctional/addictive habits, such as the Compulsive Internet Usage Scale, the Problematic Video Game Playing Test, the Problem Video Game Playing Scale, the Problematic Online Game Use Scale, the Addicted-Engagement Questionnaire, the Game Addiction Scale, and the Problematic. Some research indicate that problematic gambling is a continuum of addiction, since it can lead to addiction effects, such as salience, mood swings, tolerance, withdrawal, confrontation, and relapse.


Online Social Networking Addiction


More recently, it has been speculated that online social networking can also be especially addictive to young people. Literature on SNS addiction has been classified as one of four types: self-perception studies on social networking addiction, studies on social networking addiction using the scale of social networking addiction, studies on the interaction between social networking and other online addictions, and studies on social networking addiction and interpersonal relationships. An and number of studies have measured SNS addiction and/or its relationship to other psychological causes using modified and/or self-designed scales of social networking addiction.


Several studies have investigated the relationship between social networking and other media addictions. The results showed that the positive connections between isolation, SNS game dependency and leisure boredom with SNS game addiction are poor. Such extreme cases have prompted some experts to think of SNS addiction as an Internet spectrum addiction condition. These three online addictions have been shown to have harmful effects that cause actions to be identified as psychotic based on existing professional criteria. In line with this all these online addictions can need clinical care. At the neural and biochemical stage, these internet addictions tend to be identical to other substance-related addictions, thereby reinforcing the belief that they are addictive, although behavioural.


Both internet gamble and gaming toxicity genetic polymorphisms are similar in terms of benefits and alcohol addictions. Online gambling, gaming, and addictions to social networking are compartmental addictions that look like substance-related addictions and thus encourage the concept of a model of addiction syndrome. These results illustrate the pathology of multiple online addictions and distinguish these as an increasingly identifiable mental health problem.


The first requirements are needed to satisfy any addiction requirement, while the latter criterion only requires the help of a half. to diagnose a person who has an addiction. In addition, it seems from the research examined that online addicts are especially affected by addictive symptoms including resistance, mood modifications, and psychosocial negative effects. As far as the psychopathological disorder is concerned, it seems successful to differentiate between excessive involvement and dependency, as previous evidence indicates. The most plausible thing appears to be that the addiction of a person is correlated with an online function.