Wolfling, K. et al. (2019)
JAMA Psychiatry, (July 10, 2019)

This study looked at 143 men in Germany and Austria with video game addictions, online porn addictions, or generalized internet addictions. Globally, 90% of people who seek help for internet addictions are men. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
All 143 participants underwent STICA (short-term treatment for internet and computer game addiction), which is a form of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) meant to educate on dysfunctional internet use and to learn strategies to regain control. In this case, STICA consisted of 15 group-based therapy sessions with 3 phases - learning about the disorder and deciding on a goal, developing skills to improve functional internet use, and building a relapse-prevention plan. There were also 8 personal sessions. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Of those who received STICA, 69.4% experienced remission, while 24% on the waitlist. STICA successfully reduced the amount of time spent online by over half (from 6.5 hours to 3 hours on weekdays, and from 8.4 hours to 3.6 hours on weekends).