Current Issues in Conceptualisation, Measurement, and Research of Problematic Use of the Internet

Josip Razum, Renata Glavak Tkalić, Tihana Brkljačić, Ines Sučić, Anja Wertag


Problematic use of the Internet (PUI) generally refers to use of
different types of Internet content which is not under control
and leads to difficulties in everyday functioning. It involves
generalised PUI but also specific forms such as problematic
use of videogames, social media, and pornography. The
main aim of this paper is to offer a basic review of current
trends in defining, measurement and research of PUI. The
review of available papers points at methodological problems related to determining the prevalence of PUI, and
insufficient direct investigation of postulates of existing
models regarding the onset and maintenance of PUI.
Moreover, this paper offers a critical review of existing
instruments for measuring PUI and its specific forms, and
recommends the most appropriate instruments. A short
review of PUI research methodology and important findings
is given. Finally, guidelines for future research in this area
are provided, which enable us to investigate these
phenomena of contemporary society in a comprehensive and
sound way.


problematic Internet use; conceptualisation; measurement

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