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.
- College students who reported more symptoms of Internet addiction also reported having higher levels of psychological problems.
- Internet addictions may be influenced by a teen’s family environment.
- Of the 2000 college students surveyed, 35% demonstrated symptoms of Internet addiction.
- Youth who may appear addicted to the Internet may actually just be clarifying their own self-perception.
- Research created a boot-camp for Internet addicted youth, to help break their addiction by encouraging involvement in social and outdoor activities.
- Teens with diagnosed mood disorders may be more likely to be addicted to the Internet.
- Internet addiction is common among youth, but preventive programs can help.
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