Internet addiction


In this podcast we are discussing internet addiction, which has become a growing global phenomenon reported by professional anecdote and by mainstream media. Although internet addiction is not formally recognised by the ICD or DSM as yet, there is much research afoot to attempt to define it, and by so doing, develop specific and evidence-based ways to treat it. We discuss a two-wave prevalence study looking at how big the problem of internet addiction is, what it is comorbid with, and whether it can be seen to exist on its own as a diagnostic entity.


Date published: 22 July 2010

Presenter: Dr Ovais Badat, London

Interviewee: Dr King-wa Fu, Hong Kong

Audio running time: 20 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Please note this is a telephone interview.


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will:


  • understand the background history which led to this study, and be able to describe some of the basic features that are proposed to be descriptive of internet addiction


  • describe the methods, advantages and limitations of a prevalence study, and how this study design was applied in this case


  • understand the limitations of the study with respect to study design and with respect to the criteria used to diagnose and make distinct a possible new syndrome of internet addiction


  • have an understanding of how studies of this type can help shape services and future research.


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Please note: This podcast was recorded in 2010. Please be aware that some of the material covered and/or guidance may have changed.
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