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dc.contributor.authorStarcevic, V.-
dc.contributor.authorKing, D.L.-
dc.contributor.authorDelfabbro, P.H.-
dc.contributor.authorSchimmenti, A.-
dc.contributor.authorCastro-Calvo, J.-
dc.contributor.authorGiardina, A.-
dc.contributor.authorBillieux, J.-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Behavioral Addictions, 2020; 9(4):915-919-
dc.description.abstractThis article suggests that the type of Internet-enabled device should not be prioritised when conceptualizing diagnostic categories of addictive online behaviours. The diagnostic distinction between "predominantly mobile" and "predominantly non-mobile" forms of Internet use disorders (IUD) is not empirically based, may not be clinically useful and may lead to "diagnostic inflation." Problems with the concepts of smartphone use disorder and IUD on which the proposed distinction is largely based call for their re-examination. Future proposals for the taxonomy of addictive behaviours may not need to be based on online/offline and mobile/non-mobile dichotomies.-
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityVladan Starcevic, Daniel L. King, Paul H. Delfabbro, Adriano Schimmenti, Jesús Castro-Calvo, Alessandro Giardina and Joël Billieux-
dc.publisherAkadémiai Kiadó-
dc.rights© 2020 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (https://, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium for non-commercial purposes, provided the original author and source are credited, a link to the CC License is provided, and changes – if any – are indicated.-
dc.subjectInternet use disorder-
dc.subjectaddictive behaviours-
dc.subjectproblematic Internet use-
dc.subjectproblematic smartphone use-
dc.subjectsmartphone use disorder-
dc.title"Diagnostic inflation" will not resolve taxonomical problems in the study of addictive online behaviours-
dc.typeJournal article-
dc.identifier.orcidKing, D.L. [0000-0002-1762-2581]-
dc.identifier.orcidDelfabbro, P.H. [0000-0002-0466-5611]-
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