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Internet Addiction . Melissa Whitney CIS 1055-12. Is this a Real Problem?. The existence of internet addiction is still contested. In many cases an obsession with the internet is seen as an extension of other addictions such as porn or gambling

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Internet addiction

Internet Addiction

Melissa Whitney CIS 1055-12


Is this a real problem
Is this a Real Problem?

  • The existence of internet addiction is still contested.

  • In many cases an obsession with the internet is seen as an extension of other addictions such as porn or gambling

  • Those who claim it is in fact a valid addiction say it is the long time spent online that is effecting peoples lives , which is characteristic of consuming addictions. Some people even admit to using the internet to alter their moods.

Melissa Whitney CIS 1055-12 - Internet Obsession


Overview
Overview

  • Regardless of whether or not internet addiction is seen as a true addiction it is still seen as a problem

  • There are established symptoms of internet addiction , it has even been divided into several categories. And there are an increasing number of programs to treat the addiction.

Melissa Whitney CIS 1055-12 - Internet Obsession


Symptoms
Symptoms

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  • Time distortion

  • Accelerated intimacy

  • Decreased inhibition

  • Loss of boundaries

  • Social isolation

  • Feeling of losing control of online activity

Melissa Whitney CIS 1055-12 - Internet Obsession


How are people being effected
How are people being effected?

Melissa Whitney CIS 1055-12 - Internet Obsession


Reading the graph
Reading the Graph

  • This graph is based on statistics from a study performed at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

  • The graph shows that those with severe addiction have seen negative effects in all areas except physically

  • While those with no addiction say their internet use only effects them physically


Some other effects
Some other Effects

  • High internet usage is connected to higher levels of depression.

  • Some truly obsessed gamers have been known to neglect their health and in some cases it has led to complete coronary failure and death in more than one instance.

Melissa Whitney CIS 1055-12 - Internet Obsession


Types of addiction
Types of Addiction

  • Cybersex/online porn

  • Online affairs

  • Online gambling

  • Compulsive surfing

  • Online shopping/auctions

Melissa Whitney CIS 1055-12 - Internet Obsession


The breakdown
The Breakdown

  • Addictions to porn and gambling can be extensions of already existing addictions

  • Other addictions are a product of the internet itself

    • Surfing the web, addiction to gaming and social networking sites

  • Online affairs are an example of how people create a different persona on the internet, and can become obsessed with their second lives.

Melissa Whitney CIS 1055-12 - Internet Obsession


Students
Students

  • For students the internet is touted as a tool, however the internet does not improve academic performance

  • In a University of Texas at Austin study a significant drop in grades and participation was associated with high internet usage

Melissa Whitney CIS 1055-12 - Internet Obsession


Businesses
Businesses

  • Of the nations top 1000 companies, 55% admit they think internet usage is undermining their employee productivity

  • One firm found that only 23% of employee internet usage was work related

Melissa Whitney CIS 1055-12 - Internet Obsession


Dealing
Dealing

  • There are online help options like The Center For Online and Internet Addiction

  • There are many on campus support groups for students experiencing issues

  • Businesses monitor their employee’s usage with computer programs that block non-work related sites.

  • Psychologist suggest cognitive behavioral therapy as well as serotonin reuptake inhibitors like Escitalopram

Melissa Whitney CIS 1055-12 - Internet Obsession


Internet addiction

THE END

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Melissa Whitney CIS 1055-12 - Internet Obsession


References
References

  • DeANGELIS, TORI. "Is Internet addiction real?" Monitor on Psychology 31 (2000). <http://www.apa.org/monitor/apr00/addiction.html>.

  • DeBonis, Alice. "Internet obsession is a clinical disorder, psychiatrist says." The Jambar. 15 Apr. 2008. <http://media.www.thejambar.com/media/storage/paper324/news/2008/04/15/news/internet.obsession.is.a.clinical.disorder.psychiatrist.says-3324915.shtml>.

  • Hall, Edie. "Obsession with Internet endangers health, grades." The Fairfield Mirror. 24 Sept. 2003. Fairfield University. <http://www.fairfieldmirror.com/2.4873/1.481712>.

  • Young, Kimberly S. INTERNET ADDICTION: THE EMERGENCE OF A NEW CLINICAL DISORDER. Publication No. University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Center for Internet Addiction Recovery. 15 Aug. 1996. <http://www.netaddiction.com/articles/newdisorder.pdf>.

Melissa Whitney CIS 1055-12 - Internet Obsession