Social Networking Addiction: An Overview of Preliminary Findings

Mark D. Griffiths, Daria J. Kuss, Z. Demetrovics

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Abstract

Social networking sites (SNSs) are virtual communities where users can create individual public profiles, interact with real-life friends, and meet other people based on shared interests. Anecdotal case study evidence suggests that "addiction" to social networks on the Internet may be a potential mental health problem for some users. However, the contemporary scientific literature addressing the addictive qualities of social networks on the Internet is relatively scarce. This chapter provides empirical and conceptual insight into the emerging phenomenon of addiction to SNSs by examining motivations for SNS usage, examining negative consequences of SNS usage, and exploring potential SNS addiction. The chapter also examines screening and assessment tools, and suggests tentative treatment approaches based on the treatment of other online addictions.

LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationBehavioral Addictions: Criteria, Evidence, and Treatment
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages119-141
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9780124077249
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

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Keywords

  • Comorbidity
  • Negative consequences
  • Social network addiction
  • Social networking sites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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Griffiths, M. D., Kuss, D. J., & Demetrovics, Z. (2014). Social Networking Addiction: An Overview of Preliminary Findings. In Behavioral Addictions: Criteria, Evidence, and Treatment (pp. 119-141). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-407724-9.00006-9

Social Networking Addiction : An Overview of Preliminary Findings. / Griffiths, Mark D.; Kuss, Daria J.; Demetrovics, Z.

Behavioral Addictions: Criteria, Evidence, and Treatment. Elsevier Inc., 2014. p. 119-141.

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Griffiths, MD, Kuss, DJ & Demetrovics, Z 2014, Social Networking Addiction: An Overview of Preliminary Findings. in Behavioral Addictions: Criteria, Evidence, and Treatment. Elsevier Inc., pp. 119-141. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-407724-9.00006-9
Griffiths MD, Kuss DJ, Demetrovics Z. Social Networking Addiction: An Overview of Preliminary Findings. In Behavioral Addictions: Criteria, Evidence, and Treatment. Elsevier Inc. 2014. p. 119-141 https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-407724-9.00006-9
Griffiths, Mark D. ; Kuss, Daria J. ; Demetrovics, Z. / Social Networking Addiction : An Overview of Preliminary Findings. Behavioral Addictions: Criteria, Evidence, and Treatment. Elsevier Inc., 2014. pp. 119-141
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