ADDICTA: The Turkish Journal on Addictions
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Internet, Mobile Device, Social Media Use, and Gaming Behavior During COVID-19: A Systematic Review of Observational Studies

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Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Sandwell, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Kathmandu, Lagankhel, Nepal

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North East London NHS Foundation Trust, Havering, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Behavioral Addictions Clinic (BAC), National Drug Dependence Treatment Center & Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Delhi, India

Addicta 2022; 9: 106-120
DOI: 10.5152/ADDICTA.2022.21084
Read: 342 Downloads: 83 Published: 01 April 2022

This systematic review aimed to assess the pattern and factors associated with internet, mobile device, social media use, and gaming behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. Increased internet, smartphone, social media use as well as online gaming were noted. Younger age group, anxiety, depressive symptoms, and stress were associated with an increase in internet, smartphone, and social media use. The majority of studies were of poor quality. These conclusions highlight the need to conduct research with robust methodology and implement public health initiatives which address those at greater risk to alleviate pathological use.

Cite this article as: Patnaik Kuppili, P., Shah, B., Gyawali, S., & Pal Singh Balhara, Y. (2022). Internet, mobile device, social media use, and gaming behavior during COVID-19: A systematic review of observational studies. Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions, 9(1), 106-120.

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