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1st Edition

Internet Addiction
A Critical Psychology of Users

ISBN 9780367172954
Published December 31, 2020 by Routledge
130 Pages

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Book Description

This essential book questions the psychological construct of Internet Addiction by contextualizing it within the digital technological era. It proposes a critical psychology that investigates user subjectivity as a function of capitalism and imperialism, arguing against punitive models of digital excesses and critiquing the political economy of the Internet affecting all users.

Friedman explores the limitations of individual-centered remediations exemplified in the psychology of internet addiction. Furthermore, Friedman outlines the self-creative actions of social media users, and the data processing that exploits them to urge psychologists to politicize rather than pathologize the effects of excessive net use. The book develops a notion of capitalist imperialism of the social web and studies this using the radical methods of philosopher Gilles Deleuze and psychoanalyst Félix Guattari.

By synthesizing perspectives on digital life from sociology, economics, digital media theory, and technology studies for psychologists, this book will be of interest to academics and students in these areas, as well as psychologists and counselors interested in addressing Internet Addiction as a collective, societal ill.

Table of Contents

Preface by Ian Parker

Chapter 1


Chapter 2

A Brief Take on "Internet Addiction" in Psychology

Chapter 3

Schizoanalysis, Technology, and Sociality

Chapter 4

Users and Technologies of Self

Chapter 5

Extraction Machine of Social Media

Chapter 6

Data Collection and the Relational Factory

Chapter 7


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Emaline Friedman, Ph.D., is an independent scholar and psychosocial theorist. Her research interests cover all forms of digital control and exploitation: data capitalism, platform labor, AI-enabled bigotry, and software cultures. She works on distributed ledger technologies to steer networked social organization toward human solidarity initiatives, environmental regeneration, and other forms of commoning.


"There may be no more pressing matter for the emerging world of 21st-century capitalism than the question of addiction. Up until now, the current array of theoretical formulations for addiction as a concept and social set of practices, both remediative and explanatory, have been of limited utility. This volume offers an innovative and convincing intervention into how we might think of addiction as an integral aspect of contemporary capitalist logic and as a way of understanding emerging modes of alternative engagements that may offer new worlds and new peoples. Utilizing Deleuzo-Guattarian schizoanalytics the book offers both overdue new methodological tactics of inquiry as well as introducing addiction as a social configuration rather than an individual pathology. The proposals for new forms of sociality and subjectivity offer life affirming alternatives to the death drive of late stage capitalism." Hans Skott-Myhre, Professor of Human Services, Kennesaw State University, USA