Concerns about social media and internet use are igniting debate across society, and it is never far from the news. However, whilst focus is largely on the amount of time we spend looking at screens, there is growing interest in what we’re looking at – whether gaming and gambling sites are enticing children, whether more regulations are needed on getting users addicted to apps, and how severe any problems actually are. In order to try and assess what we actually know, and where the real questions still lie, a European Research Network into Problematic Usage of the Internet has been launched.
Prof Naomi Fineberg, Consultant Psychiatrist, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and Visiting Professor, University of Hertfordshire and Honorary Visiting Senior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge and Chair of the COST Action group into Problematic Internet Usage and the ECNP’s Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Research Network
Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic and Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Division of Brain Science, Imperial College London
Prof Zsolt Demetrovics, Professor of Psychology and Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology and Addiction, Institute of Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, President of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Addictions and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Behavioral Addictions
Dr Valerie Voon, Medical Research Council Senior Clinical Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge