Internet addiction has been compared to compulsive gambling. Those who are trapped in it’s (world wide) web, can often find themselves unable to break free.
Internet addiction may signal other mental health issues among college students, according to a new study.
Canadian researchers say their findings could affect how psychiatrists approach people who spend a significant amount of time online.
According to United Press International (UPI), “Most of those addicted to the internet had trouble controlling their use of video streaming and social networking sites as well as instant messaging tools…. They had more trouble handling their daily routines and (had) higher rates of depression, anxiety, impulsiveness and inattention. They also had problems with planning and time management, the researchers found.”
Researchers used the Internet Addiction Test (IAT) to conduct the study as well as a newer scale of their own design, based on updated addiction criteria – to rate respondent answers. Tech Times quoted Chief Researcher Michael Van Ameringen as saying, “We found that those screening positive on the IAT as well as on our scale, had significantly more trouble dealing with their day to day activities, including life at home, at work, school and in social settings.”
The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery lists the warning signs to look for that may indicate an internet addiction problem.
- Preoccupation with the Internet. (Thoughts about previous on-line activity or anticipation of the next on-line session.)
- Use of the Internet in increasing amounts of time in order to achieve satisfaction.
- Repeated, unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back or stop Internet use.
- Feelings of restlessness, moodiness, depression, or irritability when attempting to cut down use of the Internet.
- On-line longer than originally intended.
- Jeopardized or risked loss of significant relationships, job, educational or career opportunities because of Internet use.
- Lies to family members, therapists, or others to conceal the extent of involvement with the Internet.
- Use of the Internet is a way to escape from problems or to relieve a dysphoric mood. (e.g. Feelings of hopelessness, guilt, anxiety, depression.)
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