Supervisors: Sonia Livingstone and Ellen Helsper
Research topic: Re-conceptualizing internet addiction: towards a theory of compensatory internet use
Daniel works on theoretical development in the area of excessive internet use, arguing for a move away from theories of addiction and compulsion to a more holistic approach where a persons’ life context, motivations and intentions are also taken into account. Combining a psychological approach with a focus on motivations, his research posits excessive internet use as a coping strategy for life problems. This goes contrary to most research to date which insists on utilizing a framework of addiction and mental disorders despite a remarkable lack of progress over the past 15 years.
Daniel is also involved in efforts to provide a more nuanced view of gaming as a hobby, with particular focus on informing parents about the role of gaming in young peoples’ lives. He has written for Swedish newspapers and criticized the hysteria surrounding online gaming “addiction” and continually participates in the debate by providing the public with a fair assessment of online risks based on contemporary research findings.
Research interests: Internet addiction, online gaming, media psychology, social networking, online gambling
Background: BSc Psychology, BSc Computer Science, MSc Management & Information Systems
Publications and conference presentations:
Winther, D. (2010). Blood, Gold or Marriage - What gets you going? A study of Personality Traits and in-game Behavior. iSChannel, 5(1), 33-39.
Helsper, E., Kardefelt-Winther, D., Smahel, D., & Blinka, L. (2011). Using psychological and digital inclusion frameworks to explain excessive internet use by young Europeans. Panel presentation, EU Kids Online II Conference, London, UK.
Kardefelt-Winther, D. (2014). Problematizing excessive online gaming and its psychological predictors. Computers in Human Behavior, 31, p. 118-122.
Kardefelt-Winther, D. (2014). A conceptual and methodological critique of internet addiction research: towards a model of compensatory internet use. Computers in Human Behavior, 31, p. 351-354.
Kardefelt-Winther, D. (in-press). The moderating role of psychosocial well-being on the relationship between escapism and excessive online gaming: testing the model of compensatory internet use. Computers in Human Behavior.