About this Research Topic
The inclusion in 2018 of “gaming disorder” into the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases as an established diagnosis represents the culmination of over two decades of research into “Internet addiction,” variably named and defined. While this may be a milestone, it also raises important questions about other less explored yet highly relevant areas lying at the intersection of technology and psychology. In this Research Topic, we will move beyond the traditional focus on addiction and gaming to address crucial themes that have gone relatively ignored, such as the potentially problematic online behaviors of shopping, pornography-viewing and health-information-seeking; the specific personality traits nurtured on social media (e.g., narcissism, impulsivity, aggression); the effects of the breakneck pace of online life on attention span and cognition; “technostress” and the difficulty adapting to new technologies; and the psychological costs of a post-privacy world.
We aim to capture the current state of research and weigh in on future trends and directions. Huge socio-politico-cultural transformations have been attributed to psychological processes unfolding online and on social media, making this an opportune time to compile a collection of high-quality, diverse articles that touch on various aspects of the online revolution as it pertains to mental health and psychology. We also aim to better understand the role of the rapidly evolving digital media and communication technologies in shaping and impacting user behavior and mental processes under an interdisciplinary scope.
This Research Topic seeks submissions that examine internet-related psychopathology and psychological well being. The scope is intentionally broad to reflect the richness of the field and its many understudied facets.
Besides clinical trials, we welcome systematic reviews and evidence-driven expert commentaries that critically assess the present state of the field and predict its evolution and course. While many articles in this Research Topic will focus on psychopathology, the psychological effects of internet-related technologies among individuals who cannot be considered mentally ill will also be considered.
*Disclosures: Dr. Aboujaoude is an adviser to Limbix Health. Dr. Kuss, Dr. Yao and Dr. Leung declared no potential conflict of interest
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