A preliminary study into internet related addictions among adults with dyslexia

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Kumar. S, Jackson, S. and Petronzi, D. 2023. A preliminary study into internet related addictions among adults with dyslexia. PLos ONE. 18 (2), pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0280555
AuthorsKumar. S, Jackson, S. and Petronzi, D.
Abstract

In recent decades, studies have investigated associations between learning disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and the various types of internet addictions, ranging from general internet addiction (GIA) to specific internet addictions such as social media addiction (SMA) and internet gaming disorder (IGD). However, to date, no study has investigated such internet addictions among persons with dyslexia. The present study aimed to investigate whether differences exist between adults with dyslexia and controls in terms of GIA, SMA and IGD. A total of 141 adults with dyslexia and 150 controls (all UK based) were recruited. Controlling for age, gender, marital status, employment, and income levels, it was found that adults with dyslexia had higher levels of GIA and IGD compared to controls. However, these participants did not show any significant difference in terms of SMA. The results indicate that internet addictions may have a larger ambit for learning disorders beyond just ASD and ADHD and could be a hidden problem for these individuals.

KeywordsAutism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); Internet addictions
Year2023
JournalPLos ONE
Journal citation18 (2), pp. 1-13
PublisherPLOS ONE
ISSN 1932-6203
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0280555
Web address (URL)https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0280555
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