L'Information Psychiatrique


Dependence on the internet: a new addiction? Volume 79, issue 3, Mars 2003

Laboratoire Psycle, UFR de psychologie, Université de Provence, 29 avenue Robert-Schuman, 13621 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1. CH Montperrin, 109 av. Petit Parthélémy, 13617 Aix-en-Provence.

For the past ten years or so, numerous publications have reflected the interest displayed by psychologists, psychiatrists and « psychopathologists » in the relationship with computers and with the cyberspace universe. These works can be divided into two main categories. The first studies the human-machine interface while the second concentrates on the cyberworld, a new world with unknown contacts, viruses, delinquents -- hackers, sometimes contaminators -- and potential. This new addiction even has a possible form of treatment via... the internet!