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Social factors[ edit ] Interpersonal difficulties It is argued that interpersonal difficulties such as introversion, social problems,  and poor face-to-face communication skills,  often lead to internet addiction. Internet-based relationships offer a safe alternative for people with aforementioned difficulties to escape from the potential rejections and anxieties of interpersonal real-life contact.
They resort to virtual relationships and support to alleviate their loneliness. Psychological factors[ edit ] Prior addictive or psychiatric history are found to influence the likelihood of being addicted to the Internet.
But it is generally unclear from existing research which is the cause and which is the effect partially due to the fact that comorbidity is common among Internet addicts. For a systematic review of the kind, please refer to the Springer book edited by Christian Montag and Martin Reuter: Other factors[ edit ] Parental educational level, age at first use of the Internet, and the frequency of using social networking sites and gaming sites are found to be positively associated with excessive Internet use among adolescents in some European countries, as well as in the USA.
Various screening instruments have been employed to detect Internet addiction disorder.
Current diagnoses are faced with multiple obstacles. Difficulties[ edit ] Given the newness of the Internet and the inconsistent definition of Internet addiction disorder, practical diagnosis is far from clearcut.
With the first research initiated by Kimberly S. Young inthe scientific study of Internet addiction has merely existed for 20 years. Wide and extensive use of the Internet: Diagnosing Internet addiction is often more complex than substance addiction as internet use has largely evolved into be an integral or necessary part of human lives.
The addictive or problematic use of the internet is thus easily masked or justified. Many so-called Internet addicts do not suffer from the same damage to health and relationships that are common to established addictions. Internet addiction is often accompanied by other psychiatric disorders such as personality disorder and mental retardation.
Young proposed one of the first integrated sets of criteria, Diagnostic Questionnaire YDQto detect Internet addiction. A person who fulfills any five of the eight adapted criteria would be regarded as Internet addicted: Beard and Eve M.
Wolf further asserted that all of the first five in the order above and at least one of the final three criteria in the order above be met to delineate Internet addiction in order for a more appropriate and objective assessment. Questions included on the IAT expand upon Young's earlier 8-question assessment in greater detail and include questions such as "Do you become defensive or secretive when anyone asks you what you do online?
A complete list of questions can be found in Dr. Young's book Caught in the Net: The Test score ranges from 20 to and a higher value indicates a more problematic use of the Internet: Internet use caused negative consequences in various aspects, including problematic performance in social, academic, or work domains.
More recently, researchers Mark D.
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Griffiths and Dr. Northrup and colleagues claim that Internet per se is simply the medium and that the people are in effect addicted to processes facilitated by the Internet. Online video game playing, online social networking, online sexual activity, and web surfing.
Screening methods that heavily rely on DSM criteria have been accused of lacking consensus by some studies, finding that screening results generated from prior measures rooted in DSM criteria are inconsistent with each other.
Classification[ edit ] As many scholars have pointed out, the Internet serves merely as a medium through which tasks of divergent nature can be accomplished.To what extent do you think social networking sites are affecting your studies?
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