Internet Addiction: A Chinese Epidemic

By IGI Global on 4 March 2016

Internet addiction is a prevalent topic today, as the endless landscape of virtual content is multiplying at an incredible rate. Though some specialists don’t consider this a real threat in today’s digitized society, others are looking for ways to combat this dependence.

According to Medical Daily, in China this perceived epidemic has become such an issue that parents have turned to serious therapies such as Internet addiction boot camps, prohibiting Internet use and enforcing strict rules including diet and exercise routines.

IGI Global author and editor Jonathan Bishop has done extensive research on the subject of Internet addiction, and in his work has developed measurement scales and other means to identify and treat Internet addiction. In the chapter “Avoiding Adverse Consequences from Digital Addiction and Retaliatory Feedback,” he and co-author Ashu M. G. Solo look at the role of the participation continuum in helping to improve relationships that have been damaged as a result of digital addiction. Digital addiction in this context refers to what happens when a person with a compulsion who is not getting that compulsion fulfilled turns to the Internet and other digital technologies in order to fill the void.

A chapter in Jonathan Bishop’s academic reference book Psychological and Social Implications Surrounding Internet and Gaming Addiction, this research is currently being offered for open access for the month of March. Psychological and Social Implications Surrounding Internet and Gaming Addiction focuses on the dark side of technology and the ways in which individuals are falling victim to compulsive internet use as well as gaming and gambling addictions. Highlighting socio-cultural, psycho-social, and techno-cultural perspectives on problematic technology use, this critical publication is essential to the research and practical needs of therapists, public administrators, psychologists, students, and researchers interested in compulsive disorders, human behavior, dependency, and other key mental health issues. Access the chapter during March 2016, “Avoiding Adverse Consequences from Digital Addiction and Retaliatory Feedback: The Role of the Participation Continuum” here.