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Disclaimer - I am not a student of psychology.

I'm currently researching Internet Addiction Disorder and online games for a paper I'm writing. Is there an actual reason why it's not included? Is it because it's such a new area of study?

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    – Alex Stone
    Apr 26, 2016 at 17:43

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There's debate over whether Internet addiction is it's own disorder or a symptom of an underlying psychosis. See this essay by the first man to publish the term: https://theconversation.com/is-internet-addiction-a-misnomer-55727

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    $\begingroup$ If you elaborate on this (including a further short description of the source you link to, and preferably linking directly to the study it reports on as well), this could be a suitable answer. $\endgroup$
    – Steven Jeuris
    Apr 27, 2016 at 14:10

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