Internet addiction expert and psychologist Kimberly Young first defined Internet addiction in 1998 as “an impulse-control disorder that does not involve an intoxicant.” Although technology and the way we interact online has evolved drastically since those early days of the Internet, the issue of addiction persists worldwide, and evidence shows that serious Internet addiction has the potential to result in physical or psychological problems for youth. Below are articles on this topic that have been added to our database in the past week.

Problematic Internet and mobile phone use and clinical
symptoms in college students: the role of emotional intelligence

  • College students who reported more symptoms of Internet addiction also reported having higher levels of psychological problems.

The relationship of Internet addiction with family functioning
and mental health among Iranian students

  • Internet addictions may be influenced by a teen’s family environment. 

Problematic Internet use among Greek university students: an ordinal logistic regression with risk factors of negative psychological beliefs, pornographic sites, and online games

  • Of the 2000 college students surveyed, 35% demonstrated symptoms of Internet addiction.

Adolescents’ over-use of the cyber world – Internet addiction or
identity exploration?

  • Youth who may appear addicted to the Internet may actually just be clarifying their own self-perception.

Internet-addicted kids and South Korean government efforts: boot-camp case

  • Research created a boot-camp for Internet addicted youth, to help break their addiction by encouraging involvement in social and outdoor activities.

Prevalence of Internet addiction in Latino adolescents with psychiatric diagnosis

  • Teens with diagnosed mood disorders may be more likely to be addicted to the Internet.

Internet addiction in Hong Kong adolescents: a three-year
longitudinal study

  • Internet addiction is common among youth, but preventive programs can help.


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