Media Addiction

Louis Leung, Jingwen Liang, Yin Zhang

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This entry discusses the origins, theoretical traditions, and methodological development of the field of media addiction in the past two decades. Specifically, the theoretical underpinnings, definitions, symptoms, and assessments of media addiction are reviewed, and its critical overlap with the research on chemical-based addiction is addressed. On the basis of this conceptual review, a content analysis of the latest developments in four of the most frequently researched media addiction themes in recent years is presented: Internet addiction, online game addiction, smartphone addiction, and cybersex addiction. This review and its results then serve to inform conclusions about the significance and relevance of media addiction and its context-specific contingencies and to suggest several fruitful directions for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe International Encyclopedia of Media Effects
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781118783764
ISBN (Print)9781118784044
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2017


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