Problematic Internet use encompasses various online behaviours that can spur out of control in a small number of people:
Problematic online gaming
Problematic social media use
Compulsive online buying-shopping
Problematic online gambling
Problematic online pornography use.
However, only gambling disorder is recognized as an official disorder and gaming disorder is about to be recognized by the WHO. Other problematic internet behaviors are not recognized disorders as more research is needed.
Problematic Internet use is an umbrella term that can refer to a variety of different behaviors, such as the ones mentioned above. It is important to stress what particular behavior are we referring to.
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