Social media can be very addicting, and in some instances can cause isolation. Isolation is a big issue when it comes to social media use because in order for a person to become isolated addiction has to occur; when addiction occurs it causes a person to lose connection with the real world and the people in it. Many people use social media as a distraction when unoccupied, but can also be the cause of behavior change in children when exposed to social media and other dangerous websites. An example, is cyberbullying, which can cause an adolescent or a person of any age to commit suicide, and can also cause a person to create emotional and physical problems.
Earlier, the term “addiction” was generally used with substance use but now it is been used with internet and gaming. There has been excessive use of internet found these days across people of all age groups. Excessive internet use is becoming widespread; also internet addiction is reported as problematic. There are many factors that cause internet addiction in adolescents. They are peer pressure, family communication pattern and academic pressure. Broadly, the effect of internet addiction can be divided into behavioral and psychological aspects. Behavioral effect includes academic achievement, family dysfunction and interpersonal relationships. On the other hand, psychological effects include lowered self esteem, well being and social isolation.
Internet addiction is now considered to be a “grave national health crisis”(Dokoupil 2012, 27). Several cases have emerged where people went completely insane due to the abuse of technology. This was to the extreme where two parents were so addicted to taking care of their virtual baby, they forgot about their real child. The infant was neglected to death. Another case is of a son who turns on his own mother when she suggests “he log[s] off”(27). As a response, the young man beats his mother until she eventually dies. These aren’t the only examples of insanity and for this reason, for the first time in history, “Internet Addiction Disorder will be included...in an
Anxiety”, the author argues, “What is clear … is that this unique form of anxiety [social media dysphoria] leads to a compulsive desire to remain in touch with social media, in turn, leading to possibly dangerous distracted behaviors.”
In the article, “Caught in the Web: More People Say Heavy Internet Use is Disrupting Their Lives, and Medical Experts are Paying Attention” by January W. Payne argues that using technology too much, has consequences that can affect the people around, and the individual’s health as well. At the same time, many people use internet excessively, and do not realize that, they might get further from the outside world. According to a research by Stanford University, demonstrated, that people spend on the internet about 3 or more hours daily. Many people are getting addictive to the internet, because they see it as an escape from problems, while others use it as a way to relax themselves. As people addiction to the internet increase, people isolate
The idea behind the internet was to revolutionize society and with over 3 billion individuals using it, it clearly succeeded (ITU, n.d.). However, individuals started coming online to check their email, watch a video, visit Facebook, or play an online game as a habit, may easily become addicted to these behaviors over time. According to the DSM-V, internet addiction applies to individuals who use the internet excessively, often without realizing how much time has passed, how much more they are using the internet and neglecting their basic needs, as well as, ignoring any negative impacts said internet use has caused (dsm). When not using the internet, the individual may feel withdrawal, angry, tense, and/or depressed; in addition, they may feel the need to have a better computer and more software, which is an internet-addicted individual’s form of tolerance (dsm). Time of use per day in those addicted to the internet is nearly double the time those who are not addicted spend online (Lee,
This research has helped me understand how students in our cohort and from all over the world feel this over-reliance on media, by proving that there is a direct correlation between too much social media communication and anxiety and depression (McHugh, 2011). This experience has taught me that I rely too much on all forms of media and that it would be better for me to learn how to manage my use of media. This challenge would be something I would consider doing again in the future, with my family, to see if we can actually stay offline for the entire 24 hour
In the article “Journal of Mental Health” Kristy L Pinpoint the status of internet addiction (IA).Kristy L has informed us that the Internet has become a necessary for communication,
In 2012, Hae Woo Lee, Jung-Seok Choi, Young-Chul Shin, Jun-Young Lee, Hee Yeon Jung, and Jun Soo Kwon conducted a study to compare the impulsiveness of people suffering from Internet Addiction, with those who are suffering from pathological gambling. They hypothesized that the people who had Internet addiction would exhibit increased impulsivity that was comparable to that revealed by subjects diagnosed with pathological gambling. The sample consisted of only men and was composed of 27 patients identified to have Internet addiction (average age 25), 27 patients diagnosed with pathological gambling (average age 26), and 27 non-addicted controls (average age 25). All men were chosen for this experiment, because the frequency of excessive Internet use varies between men and women, and men are more probable to be problematic users of the Internet. For this experiment, impulsiveness and the severity of the Internet addiction and pathological gambling were measured by the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale-11, the Young’s Internet Addiction Test, and the South Oaks Gambling Screen, respectively. All statistical analyses were done with SPSS 17.0. Demographic and clinical statistics were compared using analysis-of-variance (ANOVAs) tests with Tukey’s post hoc analysis. Per their results, people suffering from Internet addiction had comparable increased levels of the impulsivity trait than those of pathological gamblers. Also, the severity
Behaviour is something we acquire and shape it to fit our requirements. Behaviour is shaped by an individual’s interaction with culture and environment. This behavioural report will focus on the undesired behaviour, which is the heavy internet usage. The report will aim to establish baseline, monitor the behaviour and execute treatments to reduce and control the undesired behaviour. Internet addiction is defined as the indulgent or overuse of the internet. Extreme internet use occurs daily in my life, regardless during anytime of the day. The undesired behaviour that is the internet addiction has to reduce the usage in order to have a positive impact on the life. The heavy internet usage has to be reduced, and in its place introduce hobbies and time for study. Boredom is the main cause for the need to use internet. In the internet there are comics, television shows and other activities that could help elevate boredom. Due to the heavy internet use, socializing with family and friends have been significantly reduced. The repeated heavy internet usage has an impact on the physical burden and mental stressors on my life. The internet usage has been a repeated behaviour since I was twelve years old. The internet usage has been my repeated behaviour for a long time
Various models have been designed to explain the how IAD develops in an individual and how it is then maintained. These models draw from different fields of psychology such to determine different theorised causes for the addiction such as biological factors (such as chemical imbalances making one more susceptible to addiction), psychological predispositions (such as other mental health problems or personality) and social factors (such as culture, socio-economic standing and acceptance of the Internet from others). Whilst these factors are dependant on the individual, some studies include the nature and attributes of the Internet itself. Some models include the cognitive-behavioural model of problematic Internet use, the access, affordability and anonymity engine, the anonymity, convenience and escape model and the comprehensive model of the development and maintenance of Internet addiction.
Mu, K.J., Moore, S.E., LeWinn, K.Z. (2015). Internet use and adolescent binge drinking: Findings from monitoring the future study. Addictive Behavior Reports, 2, 61-66. DOI: http://dxdoi.org/10.1016/j.abrep.2015.09.001
Goldberg presented the first definition for Internet-related disorders, Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD), as a behavioral addiction that serves as a coping mechanism and borrows from substance-dependence criteria from the DSM-IV (Garrison & Long, 1995, p. 20; Goldberg, 1996). Expanding the definition to include six "core components" of Internet addiction (salience, mood modification, tolerance, withdrawal symptoms, conflict, and
Ivan Goldberg first introduced IAD as disorder in 1995. He took pathological gambling, as diagnosed by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), as his model for the description of IAD (Craparo, 2011). IAD receives attention in the academic research and the possible future classification of it as a psychological disorder continues to be researched and debated in the psychiatric community (shapira. et al., 2000). According to various research data sets, Internet connection is now especially significant risk for 12 to 18 age groups (Öztürk et al., 2007). In studies conducted on this issue, it is pointed out that adolescent males use the Internet more and get addicted more compared to their female counterparts. Some other studies on this issue in their study, Orhan and Akkoyunlu (2004) found that Internet use increased in puberty and adolescence as their
Research started in 1983 aimed to discover how this addiction starts, the prevalence, as well as the risk factors associated with this behavior. “The studies on Internet gaming addiction in the new millennium reported prevalence estimates which vary significantly and range from 0.2% in Germany25,26 to 50% of Korean teenagers.” (Kuss, D. J.) In fact, South Korea views this addiction as a public health concern. So much so, that up to 24% of children diagnosed with internet addiction are hospitalized. As a growing number of studies appear, the psychological consequences are becoming better defined. These consequences include, “Sacrificing real-life relationships, other pastime activities, sleep, work, education, socializing, and relationships, obsession with gaming and a lack of real-life relationships, lack of attention, aggression and hostility, stress, dysfunctional coping, worse academic achievement, problems with verbal memory, and low well-being and high loneliness.” (Kuss, D.