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Internet addiction or problematic internet use? Which term should be used?

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Fernandes, B, Maia, BR and Pontes, HM ORCID: 0000-0001-8020-7623 2019 , 'Internet addiction or problematic internet use? Which term should be used?' , USP Psicologia, vol. 30 , pp. 1-8 , doi: 10.1590/0103-6564e190020.

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Abstract

Internet use has increased exponentially worldwide. Although the use itself is not negative, since it integrates several benefits, some individuals seem to show problems related to its excessive, uncontrolled, and dysfunctional use. Therefore, the interest of researchers in exploring this use, when it is excessive and unhealthy, has been growing, especially in the last two decades. However, being a subject/construct treated by different authors with different theoretical frameworks, several terms are used in the literature to describe this phenomenon. Regarding this, this article proposes to present a literature review of two of the most used and shared concepts in the scientific literature, that is, internet addiction and problematic internet use.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Fernandes, B and Maia, BR and Pontes, HM
Keywords: Internet addiction, problematic internet use, conceptualization
Journal or Publication Title: USP Psicologia
Publisher: Universidade de Sao Paulo * Instituto de Psicologia
ISSN: 1678-5177
DOI / ID Number: 10.1590/0103-6564e190020
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Copyright 2019 the author. Licensed under a Creative Commons Atribuição-NãoComercial-SemDerivações 4.0 Internacional (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/deed.pt

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