Cybercrime has been highlighted as a significant threat to national security in the UK. Therefore, the prevention of online offending is a topic of governmental interest. A growing body of research focuses on behavioural addictions and their influence on online behaviour. Research into this condition has the potential to have significant influence on criminal justice policy. This systematic literature review focuses on the concept of ‘Internet Addiction’ (IA) and the current narrative linking the condition to online crime. The empirical basis of these claims is examined.(i) What is the narrative on the relationship between cybercrime and IA in the current academic literature?(ii) To what extent is this narrative based on empirical research?(iii) Where may knowledge gaps exist in this topic?
Systematic literature review.