The Evolution of Internet Addiction Disorder

  • Kimberly YoungEmail author
Part of the Studies in Neuroscience, Psychology and Behavioral Economics book series (SNPBE)


This chapter presents the history and evolution of Internet addiction and describes the risk factors identified. As the problem has become more widespread, new studies examine the neuroscientific causes of Internet addiction and ways that the disorder may be treated primarily using behavior therapy, cognitive-behavioral techniques, and residential care. The chapter also provides the theoretical frameworks to understand the etiologic models or causal factors associated with the development of Internet addiction including a brief overview of the neuroscientific studies recently done. Finally, this chapter reviews the current treatment models used in Internet addiction recovery. As an introduction to this book, it is hoped this chapter gives a historical context of the disorder and promotes future areas of research as new studies in the field continue to emerge.


Pathological Gambling Internet Addiction Harm Avoidance Chat Room Gray Matter Density 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Internet AddictionSt. Bonaventure UniversityAlleganyUSA

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