Within this review, we give a summary of the concepts proposed underlying addiction and give an overview about neuroscientific studies on Internet addiction and Internet gaming disorder.
Moreover, we reviewed available neuroscientific literature on Internet pornography addiction and connect the results to the addiction model.
So do stimuli that violate expectations (positive or negative) , which is often found in today’s videogames and internet pornography.
Some internet activities, because of their power to deliver unending stimulation (and activation of the reward system), are thought to constitute supernormal stimuli , which helps to explain why users whose brains manifest addiction-related changes get caught in their pathological pursuit.
The review leads to the conclusion that Internet pornography addiction fits into the addiction framework and shares similar basic mechanisms with substance addiction.
Together with studies on Internet addiction and Internet Gaming Disorder we see strong evidence for considering addictive Internet behaviors as behavioral addiction.
Surprisingly, the mother birds chose to sit on the more vibrant artificial eggs and abandon their own naturally laid eggs.
Similarly, Tinbergen created artificial butterflies with larger and more colorful wings, and male butterflies repeatedly tried to mate with these artificial butterflies in lieu of actual female butterflies.
A revolutionary paradigm shift is occurring in the field of addiction that has great implications for assessment and treatment.In support of this new diagnosis, the APA stated in their press release/fact sheet on IGD: The studies suggest that when these individuals are engrossed in Internet games, certain pathways in their brains are triggered in the same direct and intense way that a drug addict’s brain is affected by a particular substance.The gaming prompts a neurological response that influences feelings of pleasure and reward, and the result, in the extreme, is manifested as addictive behavior.This statement is supported by large amounts of neuroscientific research, as illustrated within this review.Unfortunately, the APA went on to make the following statement in the Differential Diagnosis section of IGD: Excessive use of the Internet not involving playing of online games (e.g., excessive use of social media, such as Facebook; viewing pornography online) is not considered analogous to Internet gaming disorder, and future research on other excessive uses of the Internet would need to follow similar guidelines as suggested herein.This decision is inconsistent with existing and emerging scientific evidence, and the conducted review aims at contributing to the ongoing discussion of Internet pornography addiction (IPA) in response to the APA’s request.The APA has not clearly stated why the larger diagnosis, Internet Addiction (IA), was reworked into the more content specific diagnosis of IGD.