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Internet addiction - the hype and the evidence
Publishing from your PhD (doctoral stream)

Nicola Johnson - Monash University,


Internet addiction - the hype and the evidence

Are you addicted to the Internet? Is our dependence on digital technologies problematic? Drawing on the book, The multiplicities of internet addiction: The misrecognition of leisure and learning (Ashgate, 2009), this presentation will discuss the many controversies surrounding Internet over-use and highlight some of the unhelpful labels that are in existence. Recent research in this area with heavy Internet users including adults, and psychologists who counsel these people will be presented to demonstrate the nature of heavy Internet use and ongoing/consequent learning. I will argue for the need to understand the lived experiences of these cultural practices rather than evaluate and impose diagnoses from detached, decontextualized assumptions. As Internet over-use tends to be pathologized, I will suggest the current 'in-vogue' labels such as Internet abuse, problematic Internet use, or pathological Internet misuse, rest incorrectly on the origins of Internet 'addiction'.

Publishing from your PhD (doctoral stream)

In this presentation, Nicola Johnson, PhD, will highlight the many challenges facing early career academics and doctoral students when they seek to publish their research during and after their student candidature. The session will be based on her 2011 book from Gower, Publishing from your PhD: Negotiating a Crowded Jungle. The presentation will explain the 'jungle' metaphor, discuss the merits of books, book chapters, journal articles and conference papers, offer strategies for dealing with rejection, and provide checklists to ensure that you have not only researched the best avenue for publication of your work but that you have made certain your writing is the best it can be in terms of form and content. Nicola will also tell of her 'struggle through the jungle' that culminated in one refereed conference paper, four journal articles and one book being published from her doctoral thesis.

Biographical Information:

Nicola F. Johnson, PhD, MEd, BEd, Dip Tchg (Primary), is a senior lecturer in teacher education in the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. She teaches about curriculum, pedagogy and multiliteracies. As well as exploring constructs of technological expertise, Nicola is currently investigating the labeling and psychopathologisation of heavy Internet users. She is the author of two books, The Multiplicities of Internet Addiction: The Misrecognition of Leisure and Learning (Ashgate, 2009) and Publishing from your PhD: Negotiating a Crowded Jungle (Gower, 2011). Nicola is an early career researcher who was recently awarded her PhD (2008) and commenced a full-time career as an academic in early 2007. Her website can be found at


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