04. Uses and Gratifications of Internet Addiction

  1. Kimberly S. Young and
  2. Cristiano Nabuco de Abreu
  1. Robert LaRose

Published Online: 9 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118013991.ch4

Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment

Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment

How to Cite

LaRose, R. (2007) Uses and Gratifications of Internet Addiction, in Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment (eds K. S. Young and C. N. de Abreu), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118013991.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 OCT 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470551165

Online ISBN: 9781118013991

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Keywords:

  • internet gratifications;
  • internet compulsivity;
  • self-regulation;
  • problematic internet use (PIU)

Summary

How do online activities that begin as fleeting diversions evolve into favorite activities and pleasurable habits but sometimes progress to problematic forms of excessive Internet use? Given the ready availability of so many different enjoyable online pastimes, how is it that problematic forms of use are not even more prevalent? This chapter examines the development of Internet habits from the perspective of communications research that focuses on the uses and gratifications that individuals seek online. It develops a model of Internet usage among normal populations that combines both conscious and nonconscious mental processes to account for the initial stages of the progression from normal Internet use to more problematic forms. The self-regulatory mechanisms that moderate excessive Internet use are discussed along with prevention strategies for controlling the growth of potentially harmful Internet habits.