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CUQUERELLA-GILABERT, Marina  and  GARCIA, Ana M. Addictions to information and communication technologies in Comunitat Valenciana (Spain), 2018-2020. Gac Sanit [online]. 2023, vol.37, 102252.  Epub May 03, 2023. ISSN 0213-9111.


To describe the sociodemographic profile of the people treated for addiction to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the addictive behavior units (ABU) of Comunitat Valenciana, Spain, in 2018-2020.


Annual analysis and for the global period according to information collected in the ABU records.


219 registered cases, mostly men (87%), under 30 years of age (53%), with primary education or less (51%), and living with parents (57%). In the study period significant changes were observed in age (increase) and employment situation (more active workers). The COVID-19 pandemic's year (2020) accentuated or maintained previous trends.


The person treated for addiction to ICTs in Comunitat Valenciana is mostly male, under 30 years of age and with a primary education level or less, with a trend to increase in age and in proportion of active workers. Prevention should focus on these groups at higher risk.

Keywords : Behavioural addiction; Information technologies; Addictive behaviour units; Comunitat Valenciana; Spain.

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