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Is it called a Habitude or an Addiction?

Date: 18 May 2017

MJP Journal Issue: Malaysian Journal Of Psychiatry, June 2016, Vol. 25, No. 1

Section: Editorial

Author: Ng CG & Gill JS

Institution: Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Abstract: Recurrent and prolonged cyber-networking behaviours have been associated with addiction, with terms such as internet addiction, Facebook addiction and Selfie addiction being commonly used. In actual fact, addiction is a type of mental disorder that needs to fulfil certain criteria to be categorised as such. These include relapsing, compulsive behaviors where the individual has no control. The individual also suffers from the compulsion to continue these behaviours despite being aware of the negative consequences. The current trend of cyber related behaviours are reliant on using the internet for communication, entertainment and convenience purposes.

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