Ten myths about work addiction

Mark D. Griffiths , Zsolt Demetrovics , Paweł Atroszko


Background and aims: Research into work addiction has steadily grown over the past decade. However, the literature is far from unified and there has been much debate on many different issues. Aim and methods: This paper comprises a narrative review and focuses on 10 myths about work addiction that have permeated the psychological literature and beyond. The 10 myths examined are (a) work addiction is a new behavioral addiction, (b) work addiction is similar to other behavioral addictions, (c) there are only psychosocial consequences of work addiction, (d) work addiction and workaholism are the same thing, (e) work addiction exclusively occurs as a consequence of individual personality factors, (f) work addiction only occurs in adulthood, (g) some types of work addiction are positive, (h) work addiction is a transient behavioral pattern related to situational factors, (i) work addiction is a function of the time spent engaging in work, and (j) work addiction is an example of overpathogizing everyday behavior and it will never be classed as a mental disorder in the DSM. Results: Using the empirical literature to date, it is demonstrated that there is evidence to counter each of the 10 myths. Conclusion: It appears that the field is far from unified and that there are different theoretical constructs underpinning different strands of research.
Author Mark D. Griffiths
Mark D. Griffiths,,
, Zsolt Demetrovics
Zsolt Demetrovics,,
, Paweł Atroszko (FSS / IPsych / DPS)
Paweł Atroszko,,
- Division of Psychometrics and Statistics
Journal seriesJournal of Behavioral Addictions, ISSN 2062-5871, (A 25 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.6
Keywords in Englishbehavioral addiction, study addiction, work addiction, workaholism, work engagement
ASJC Classification2700 General Medicine; 2701 Medicine (miscellaneous); 2738 Psychiatry and Mental health; 3203 Clinical Psychology
URL http://akademiai.com/doi/pdf/10.1556/2006.7.2018.05
Languageen angielski
LicenseOther; published final; Uznanie Autorstwa - Użycie Niekomercyjne (CC-BY-NC); with publication
Score (nominal)25
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 25.0, 31-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 17; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.557; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 4.873 (2) - 2018=6.062 (5)
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