What Is Internet Addiction Disorder?

The term Internet addiction disorder was first coined by a psychiatrist named Ivan Goldberg. A person suffering from this condition shows the following features:

(1) Excessive use of the internet, often with a loss of sense of time or neglect of basic drives

(2) Withdrawal symptoms like feeling of anger, tension and/or depression when the internet is inaccessible

(3) Tolerance, that is, a constant need to increase the hours spent and the need for better computer equipment and more software to experience the same degree of satisfaction

(4) Negative effects of prolonged use like arguments, lying, poor achievement, social isolation and fatigue.

These features resemble symptoms seen with drug addiction.

Internet addiction is of 3 types: Excessive gaming, Sexual preoccupations
and E-mail/ text messaging

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