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Exploring the Interplay Between Internet Addiction Disorder, Internet Gaming Disorder, and Excessive Daytime Sleepiness.


  • Pranav Chepyala Linn-Mar



IAD, IGD, EDS, Addiction, addiction, Internet, internet, Gaming, gaming, Sleep, sleep


This is a literature review aimed at defining the terms Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD), Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD), and Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS). This is an important step because these terms were, until very recently, vague and their definitions were not widely agreed upon.


This review utilizes sources found in the PubMed database that mentioned the terms IAD, IGD, and EDS and also addressed possible correlations between the terms. After doing this research, other sources were found that were used to evaluate whether IGD or EDS led to the development of habits or behaviors (e.g., social anxiety, depression, poor academic performance, isolation) that lead to continued IAD.


While the phenomenon of internet addiction is well known, there has not been a broadly defined consensus as to what this ailment entails. This literature review goes over 34 studies and articles related to the definition, analysis, and relationship between IAD, IGD, and EDS amongst each other. The results reveal that these disorders are intricately connected, forming a multifaceted web of interdependent behaviors and physiological disruptions. This intricate relationship emphasizes the urgent need for a comprehensive understanding of the intricate links between internet addiction, gaming disorders, and sleep disturbances. The findings underscore the necessity for a unified framework that encompasses the psychological, neurological, and physiological aspects of these disorders. By recognizing the complex interplay between IAD, IGD, and EDS, researchers and healthcare professionals can develop nuanced diagnostic criteria, effective prevention strategies, and targeted interventions. Such an approach is essential in addressing the root causes of these conditions and improving the overall well-being of individuals affected by these interrelated disorders. As our understanding deepens, it becomes increasingly evident that a holistic perspective is vital in unraveling the complexities of internet-related disorders and designing interventions that break the cycle of addiction and promote healthier lifestyles.



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