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Frontiers in Educational Psychology, 2023, 4(1); doi: 10.38007/JEP.2023.040108.

Visualizing the Evolution of Gaming Disorder Research: A Global Literature Mining Analysis


Tao Li, Yiyi Tang

Corresponding Author:
Tao Li

Department of Exercise and Health, Guangdong Vocational Institute of Sport, Guangzhou, China


This research critically explores the trajectory of global gaming disorder research spanning the years 2003 to 2023. The formal recognition of gaming disorder as a legitimate concern by the World Health Organization in 2018 has spurred a discernible upswing in scholarly investigations. Employing a robust methodology, we conducted an exhaustive bibliometric analysis using the Web of Science (WOS) and CiteSpace, delving into diverse facets such as annual publication counts, countries, institutions, journals, keywords, and burst keywords. Our meticulous examination illuminates a substantial surge in publications, particularly noteworthy in the post-2013 period, culminating in a zenith in 2022. China and the United States emerge as pivotal contributors, engaging in collaborative endeavors on a global scale. The dual-map overlay underscores the interdisciplinary character of gaming disorder research, while the burst analysis accentuates the emergence of key keywords such as "depressive symptom" and "sleep quality." Looking forward, this study envisages future research directions, underscoring the significance of multidisciplinary collaborations, longitudinal studies, and cultural considerations within the domain of gaming disorder research. The implications of our findings contribute significantly to a nuanced comprehension of the evolving research landscape, providing valuable insights for shaping future research agendas and guiding interventions in this critical area.


Bibliometric Analysis, CiteSpace, Gaming Disorder

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Tao Li, Yiyi Tang. Visualizing the Evolution of Gaming Disorder Research: A Global Literature Mining Analysis. Frontiers in Educational Psychology (2023), Vol. 4, Issue 1: 68-79. https://doi.org/10.38007/JEP.2023.040108.


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