About this Research Topic
The advance of technology has deeply impacted and changed people in modern society, becoming an irreplaceable part of our lives. However, the massive use of modern technology has brought us not only benefits and convenience, but also new social and psychological issues, one of which is chronic technology addiction. Technology addiction is a special class of behavioral (non-chemical) addiction, involving an excessive human-machine interaction and mainly including the phenomena of internet addiction, smart-phone dependence, and video game addiction. It has been found that technology addiction has a negative influence on many aspects of life such as adolescents’ health and well-being, and their academic development. Therefore, we see the necessity of further investigation on various issues of technology addictions in adolescence, including developmental characteristics of technology addiction, its assessment method, it relationship with other behavioral or mental processes, and its underlying mechanisms. Such studies would provide theoretical foundations for the prevention and intervention of technology addiction in adolescence.
The aim of this Research Topic is to gather novel and interesting studies dealing with Technology Addiction. The scope of the contributions may include, but are not limited to:
(1) Characteristics of technology addiction, such as addiction rates, behavioral characteristics, and demographic characteristics of a technology addict and so on.
(2) Factors influencing technology addiction, for example, what are the relationships between various factors and technology addiction? What are the internal mechanisms linking these factors and technology addiction?
(3) The harm of technology addiction, such as physical harm, emotional distress, and academic damage and so on.
(4) Methods to intervene technology addiction, for instance, which means could be used to correct young people's technology addiction?
Keywords: internet addiction, mobile phone addiction, video game addiction, affecting factors, harm of addiction
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