Professional Resources

The Relationship Between Addictive Use of Social Media and Video Games and Symptoms of Psychiatric Disorders: A Large-Scale Cross-Sectional Study

Over the last decade, research into “addictive technological behaviors” has substantially increased. Research has also demonstrated strong associations between addictive use of technology and comorbid psychiatric disorders. In the present study, 23,533 adults (mean age 35.8 years, ranging from 16 to 88 years) participated in an online cross-sectional survey examining whether demographic variables, symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, and depression could explain variance in addictive use (i.e., compulsive and excessive use associated with negative outcomes) of two types of modern online technologies: social media and video games…

Functional impairment matters in the screening and diagnosis of gaming disorder

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition that online video gaming may become excessive and leads to functional impairments and psychological distress. The latest version (fifth edition) of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) includes Internet gaming disorder (IGD) in the “Emerging Measures and Models” section and the beta draft of the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) includes gaming disorder in its section on “Disorders Due to Substance Use or Addictive Behaviours.”…

Sound of Silence: Comparison of ICT and speech deprivation among students

The aim of the study was two fold: to describe self – reported habits of ICT use in every – day life and to analyze feelings and behavior triggered by ICT and speech deprivation. The study was conducted on three randomly selected groups of students with different tasks: Without Speaking (W/S) group (n=10) spent a day without talking to anyone; Without Technology (W/T) group (n=13) spent a day without using any kind of ICT, while the third group was a control group (n=10) and had no restrictions. The participants’ task in all groups was to write a diary detailing their feelings, thoughts and behaviors related to their group’s conditions. Before the experiment, students reported their ICT related habits. Right after groups were assigned, they reported their task – related impressions. During the experiment, participants wrote diary records at three time-points.

Meeting minutes and reports

PUI Cost Action WP1 – Minutes from Teleconference and Actions: 5.1.2018

 Present: Sam Chamberlain (SC, WP1 lead), Naomi Fineberg (NF, Chair), Joseph Zohar (JZ, Vice Chair), Lior Carmi (LC, WP1 Co-lead).

 WP1 10.11.2017 – Meeting of WP1 Co-leads and Grant Chair

 Present: Sam Chamberlain (drafting these minutes), Naomi Fineberg, Anne Goudriaan

Work Group 2- Training and Mentorship 1st WG meeting

WG Lead: Ornella Corazza

WG co-lead:  Konstantinos Ionnadis

STSM coordinator- Giovanni Martinotti

Also attending:

MC Chair: Naomi Fineberg

GHM/AR: Natalie Hall

Work Group 2- Training and Mentorship 2nd  WG meeting

WG Lead: Ornella Corazza

STSM coordinator- Giovanni Martinotti

Also attending:

MC Chair: Naomi Fineberg

GHM/AR: Natalie Hall