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Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag

20.07.2016 | Publication

New electronic media and addictive behaviour

The TAB report no. 166 analyzes current scientific findings and experience in the area of »new electronic media and addictive behaviour – risks, prevention and coping strategies« – English policy brief now available.

In the context of increasing temporal, spatial and social proliferation of new electronic media and considering that users are getting younger and younger, the topic of »New electronic media and addictive behaviour« is increasingly in the focus of sociopolitical debates. So far both in the scientific and social discourse, there is nevertheless no clear answer discernable to the question of what constitutes addiction in the context of new electronic media.

TAB's policy brief no. 9PDF [2,88 MB] which is now available in English features the key findings of the report. The report provides an overview of recent scientific studies, distinguishing between general Internet addiction and specific forms of addiction such as addiction to online gaming, to social networking, to online shopping, to online sex or to online gambling. In addition, the report includes selected results of an online survey with the title »New electronic media and the potential risks of excessive use« which was carried out from May to July 2015. Concluding, future challenges and possible courses of action were identified and evaluated.

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