Essay Adolescent Internet Addiction

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The use of the internet has become essential to today’s world with the availability of all types of information found at the click of a computer mouse. For adolescents the internet can help with schoolwork, but it also provides a platform for communication and entertainment with the world. Because relationships, information and gaming are readily available, it is possible for adolescents to become addicted to the internet and what it offers. The desire to be connected to the internet can inhibit an adolescent’s social, school and personal life and the causes, symptoms, research, treatment and prevention of adolescent internet addiction are essential to understanding and treating the addiction. The causes of adolescent internet …show more content…
According to Psych Central, Grohol (2012) states that socialization is mainly what makes the internet addicting because it allows people to spend time exchanging support, information and general discussions with like minded people from other parts of the world that would have been otherwise harder to contact. In order to understand adolescent internet addiction it is important to recognize the symptoms that characterize the addiction and how they affect the adolescents who suffer from it. The website The Guardian (Smith, 2008) states that internet addiction has four main components which are excessive use, withdrawal, the need for better software or more hours of use, and negative repercussions. Excessive use, according to The Guardian (2008) consists of a loss of sense of time when using the internet. Withdrawal includes feelings of anger, tension or depression when a computer is inaccessible and negative repercussions include arguments, lying, poor achievement, social isolation and fatigue (2008). Help Guide (n.d.) states that feeling a sense of euphoria while involved in internet activities is another symptom. This means that using the internet as an outlet when stressed or sad could point to addiction. Help Guide (n.d.) also states that physical symptoms of internet
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