Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Chapter 3

There has been much alarm about Internet abuse in the past decade. Claims of Internet-related crimes such as homicides, suicides, and child neglect have received widespread media attention across the globe (“Chinese Gamer Sentenced to Life,” 2005; Spain & Vega, 2005). Many claim that they are or know someone who is addicted to the Internet. Fifteen percent of university students in the United States and Europe and 26 percent of Australian students claim they know someone is addicted to the Internet (Anderson, 1999; Wang, 2001). Almost 10 percent of adult Internet users in a large online study self-identified as Internet addicts (Cooper, Morahan-Martin, Mathy, & Maheu, 2002), while 31 percent of MySpace users (Vanden Boogart, 2006) and 42 percent of online gamers (Yee, 2002) say they are addicted to those Internet applications...

To cite this chapter please use:
Morahan-Martin, J. (2008). Internet abuse: Emerging trends and lingering questions. In A. Barak (Ed.), Psychological aspects of cyberspace: Theory, research, applications (pp. 32-69). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.