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The Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use Community of Interest brings together addiction and mental health service providers, researchers and subject matter experts in the fields of gambling, technology/Internet use and video gaming to collaborate and share knowledge on emerging trends and clinical best practices.

Source: The relationship between internet gaming disorder and psychotic experiences: cyberbullying and insomnia severity as mediators

  1. Internet gaming disorder (IGD) has not been directly linked to psychosis, however, the exposure to "insomnia and a toxic online environment with widespread cyberbullying" may "be associated with greater psychotic experiences (PE)".
  2. Through a study of 851 university students it was found that "25% of students were at risk of IGD, and 1.8% had an IGD". They found that "insomnia severity fully mediated the association between IGD and paranoid ideation".
  3. This same study found that "greater IGD was significantly and directly associated with higher psychoticism."



Our findings suggest that insomnia and cyberbullying may be regarded as potential targets for youth mental health promotion, as well as community-focused prevention and early intervention in psychosis.

More particular attention should be devoted to the huge potential for engaging in cyberbullying among online gamers. Sleep deprivation should be prevented, assessed and treated in heavy gamers.


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