A bibliometric analysis of the scientific literature on Internet, video games, and cell phone addiction

Xavier Carbonell, Elena Guardiola, Marta Beranuy, Ana Bellés

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Objectives: The aim of this study was to locate the scientific literature dealing with addiction to the Internet, video games, and cell phones and to characterize the pattern of publications in these areas. Methods: One hundred seventy-nine valid articles were retrieved from PubMed and PsycINFO between 1996 and 2005 related to pathological Internet, cell phone, or video game use. Results: The years with the highest numbers of articles published were 2004 (n542) and 2005 (n540). The most productive countries, in terms of number of articles published, were the United States (n552), China (n523), the United Kingdom (n517), Taiwan (n513), and South Korea (n59). The most commonly used language was English (65.4%), followed by Chinese (12.8%) and Spanish (4.5%). Articles were published in 96 different journals, of which 22 published 2 or more articles. The journal that published the most articles was Cyberpsychology & Behavior (n541). Addiction to the Internet was the most intensely studied (85.3%), followed by addiction to video games (13.6%) and cell phones (2.1%). Conclusions: The number of publications in this area is growing, but it is difficult to conduct precise searches due to a lack of clear terminology. To facilitate retrieval, bibliographic databases should include descriptor terms referring specifically to Internet, video games, and cell phone addiction as well as to more general addictions involving communications and information technologies and other behavioral addictions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-107
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Medical Library Association
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009


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