Call for papers for Special Issue on Internet and Smartphone Use Disorders - A Growing Health Issue in Asia?
• 大类 : 医学 - 3区
• 小类 : 药物滥用 - 3区
Worldwide, the detrimental effects of excessive Internet and Smartphone use are the subject of intense and controversial debates. Recent conceptualizations of Internet and Smartphone Use Disorders (IUD and SUD) take account of the growing concerns with respect to negative effects on mental health. Moreover, research on the addictive potential of digital media has steadily increased during the last decades. Following an initial case report published by Kimberly Young in 1996 describing a patient being “addicted” to the Internet, research started to surge in this field. Accumulating evidence from different lines of research meanwhile emphasizes potential detrimental effects of excessive and escalating Internet and Smartphone use on mental health, now often broadly summarized as Technology Related Use Disorders. Following the inclusion of Internet Gaming Disorder as emerging disorder in the DSM 5 and the very recent inclusion of (Online and Offline) Gaming Disorder as a specific form of IUD in the beta-draft of ICD-11, the present special issue calls for papers with cutting edge research examining potential detrimental effects of excessive technology use, including its addictive potential as well as more general detrimental effects on mental health from Asia. Research rooted in psychology, neuroscience, computational approaches and fields at the intersection such as neuroinformatics will be considered.
As the prevalence of Internet and Smartphone Use Disorders are particularly high in many Asian countries, the present call for papers will exclusively focus on works dealing with the topic in Asia. Of note, this means that all submissions will need to include empirical data from an Asian country in the mentioned research area. Moreover, cross-cultural works on IUD/SUD will also be considered, but only if empirical data from an Asian country will be included in the present work. Works targeting potential explanations for the higher prevalence of IUD/SUD in Asia as compared to other areas of the world would be a particularly good fit for the present special issue. Review research pieces may be submitted, however, please discuss the exact proposed topic with the editors, Profs Montag (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Becker (email@example.com) prior to submission. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer-review before being accepted for publication.
In line with the terminology proposed in ICD-11 and earlier in DSM-5, we refrain from using the somewhat more classic term Internet addiction and ask authors to use Internet Use Disorder and Smartphone Use Disorder terminology. Aside from work dealing with “unspecified” IUD, characterizing persons overusing many different channels of the Internet and/or filling in questionnaires on generalized IUD, the present call for papers seeks submissions on use disorders in the context of online pornography, online buying, online gaming, online gambling and online communication (e.g. WeChat). Given the dramatic rise in smartphone users over the last eleven years since the inception of the iPhone and the worldwide discussion on the nature of excessive smartphone use, paper submissions on SUD are a good fit with the proposed special issue.