Applying fairness in labeling various types of internet use disorders. •

J Behav Addict. 2020 Oct 6;9(4):924-927. doi: 10.1556/2006.2020.00071.


We comment on arguments about internet and smartphone use disorders by Montag, Wegmann, Sariyska, Demetrovics, and Brand (2020). Although not currently official diagnoses, we emphasize that for some individuals, excessive internet/smartphone use can have dangerous consequences. We discuss the challenges with ICD-11 codifying only internet gaming as an internet use-related disorder, neglecting other types of excessive internet users. Montag et al.'s approach to classifying a broader range of internet use disorders seems more fair than the current system in aiding individuals needing treatment resources for excessive internet use.

Keywords: internet addiction; internet gaming disorder; smartphone addiction.

MeSH terms

  • Behavior, Addictive* / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • International Classification of Diseases
  • Internet
  • Internet Use
  • Smartphone
  • Video Games*