Commentary: Worshipping the internet - the perils of serving an unpredictable master - a commentary on Aboujaoude and Gega (2021).

Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Vladan Starcevic


Numerous links have been established between cybertechnology and mental health problems. Although the direction of causality in the relationship between internet misuse and mental disturbance remains unclear, the cyberworld may contribute to the shaping of psychopathology in various ways. These include internet-enhanced impulsivity, disinhibition and aggression, attentional problems, difficulties in coping with online information and selective and constraining online interactions with likeminded individuals. One of the imperatives of public health is to help internet users, especially those who are vulnerable such as children and adolescents, to be aware of the risks involved in interactions with the digital technologies and educate them about circumventing the dangers and seeking help.


Jan 6, 2016·Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America·Michela Del VicarioWalter Quattrociocchi
Jul 1, 2016·The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry·Vladan Starcevic
May 11, 2017·Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics·Vladan Starcevic
May 7, 2019·World Psychiatry : Official Journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA)·Joseph FirthJerome Sarris
Jan 18, 2020·Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines·Candice L Odgers, Michaeline R Jensen
Dec 29, 2020·Journal of Psychiatric Research·Pravin DullurAntonio Mendoza Diaz

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