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Psychol Rep. 1996 Dec;79(3 Pt 1):899-902.

Psychology of computer use: XL. Addictive use of the Internet: a case that breaks the stereotype.

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University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Department of Psychology, PA 16701, USA.

Abstract

This case involves a homemaker 43 years of age who is addicted to using the Internet. This case was selected as it demonstrates that a nontechnologically oriented woman with a reportedly content home life and no prior addiction or psychiatric history abused the Internet which resulted in significant impairment to her family life. This paper defines addictive use of the Internet, outlines the subject's progression of addictive on-line use, and discusses the implications of such addictive behavior on the new market of Internet consumers.

PMID:
8969098
DOI:
10.2466/pr0.1996.79.3.899
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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