Internet Addiction

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Research Paper Theme: Social Impact of the Internet 8 October 1997 ABSTRACT The Internet is the largest source of information in the world today. With its web sites and chat rooms, it is a means of communicating with people in places all over the face of the earth. Since its conception in 1973, the Internet has grown at a whirlwind rate. 51 million adults, were on-line as of the second quarter 1997 in the United States alone. Some say that the Internet is so enjoyable that it is almost addictive. The problem is that researchers are beginning to agree with them. Studies are revealing that there may be an actual form of addiction involved with over-use of the Internet. Identifying which category of addiction the Internet falls into is the …show more content…

They also have a difficult time dealing with stress and the real world and therefore resort to other measures where there is no direct contact with other people. On the Internet, there is no direct communication. Therefore an insecure person or a person with low self-esteem does not have to worry about what the person on the other end of the link thinks about them. They may modify their identity, work position, marital status, or any (3) other of a number of characteristics that affect their role in life. The real problem with this addiction, however, is its sociological effects. A number of people say that the Internet is like traveling. They say each trip is like a new journey and you never know where it is going to take you. The problem is that they spend so much time on the net that they withdraw from regular society. They escape reality into a culture with no real boundaries or existence. While lost in this so called ‘Cyber Community' for long periods of time, they are neglecting other important activities like; time with the family, socializing, work and health concerns. Internet abuse has been cited as a contributing factor in the disintegration of marriages and families, and the collapse of promising careers.8 But is there really a problem or are researchers just looking for something that is not actually there? One of the most extensive studies on Internet Addiction to date was conducted by


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