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Commentary on: Özparlak A, Karakaya D, Önder A, Günbayı İ. Problematic internet use in adolescents: A phenomenological study. J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs. 2023 Aug;30(4):731-742. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12900. Epub 2023 Jan 31.
Implications for practice and research
Both contextual (eg, family conflict) and personal (eg, low tolerance for boredom) factors were narrated by adolescents with problematic internet use (PIU), suggesting the need of considering these variables in interventions to mitigate the risk of PIU.
Quantitative explorations in specific adolescent clinical populations (considering both the type of internet use and the presence of any comorbidities) could be an interesting challenge and contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the phenomenon.
While the internet has brought many benefits to people’s daily lives, some individuals may also develop problematic patterns of use which could result in addictive behaviours.1 Considering the prevalence of this phenomenon …
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