Excessive gaming and internet use: Preliminary results with anxiety and depression among highly engaged Peruvian gamers

Jano Ramos-Diaz, Claudia Guevara-Cordero, Orsolya Kiraly, Z. Demetrovics, Mark D. Griffiths

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Abstract

According to the world internet statistics, Peru reported 22 million of internet users in 2017 and the penetration rate was 67% in the same year [1]. With the rapid proliferation of internet and videogames, internet addiction and addiction to videogames has become a topic of interest among different professionals, scholars, organizations and the media in Peru. Despite the fact that previous research has found clear differences and demographic profiles for internet addiction and internet gaming disorder, to our knowledge, there have been no further reports on these associations between these variables in Peruvian gamers. In addition to this, the term «internet addiction» has always been associated with videogames in the Peruvian context. Therefore, the present study aimed to examine the extent of association between problematic internet use, gaming addiction, and time spent playing, depression, and anxiety. Methods: To examine these associations, Peruvian gamers completed the problematic internet use questionnaire (PIUQ), and problematic online gaming questionnaire (POGQ), as well as anxiety and depression subscales of the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI). Results: As expected, results demonstrated significant associations between PIUQ, POGQ, anxiety, depression and amount of weekly gaming. Implications and results are discussed for academics and mental health professionals in Peru.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 IEEE 25th International Conference on Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computing, INTERCON 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781538654903
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 6 2018
Event25th IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computing, INTERCON 2018 - Lima, Peru
Duration: Aug 8 2018Aug 10 2018

Other

Other25th IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computing, INTERCON 2018
CountryPeru
CityLima
Period8/8/188/10/18

Keywords

  • Gaming
  • internet addiction
  • internet gaming disorder
  • Peruvian gaming
  • problematic gaming use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Optimization
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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    Ramos-Diaz, J., Guevara-Cordero, C., Kiraly, O., Demetrovics, Z., & Griffiths, M. D. (2018). Excessive gaming and internet use: Preliminary results with anxiety and depression among highly engaged Peruvian gamers. In Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE 25th International Conference on Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computing, INTERCON 2018 [8526465] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/INTERCON.2018.8526465