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Brief report: examining the link between autistic traits and compulsive Internet use in a non-clinical sample.

Authors
  • Finkenauer, Catrin
  • Pollmann, Monique M H
  • Begeer, Sander
  • Kerkhof, Peter
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2012
Volume
42
Issue
10
Pages
2252–2256
Identifiers
PMID: 22350338
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Individuals with autism spectrum disorders or autistic traits may profit from Internet and computer-mediated interactions, but there is concern about their Internet use becoming compulsive. This study investigated the link between autistic traits and Internet use in a 2-wave longitudinal study with a non-clinical community sample (n = 390). As compared to people with less autistic traits, people with more autistic traits did not report a higher frequency of Internet use, but they were more prone to compulsive Internet use. For women, more autistic traits predicted an increase in compulsive Internet use over time. These results suggest that, despite its appeal for people with autistic traits, the Internet carries the risk of compulsive use.

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