How Does Internet Addiction Affect Different Aspects Of An Individual And The Brain?

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How does Internet Addiction affect different aspects of an individual and the brain? Internet Addiction Disorder, abbreviated as IAD, is defined loosely as a pattern of addictedness to the use of the internet (Mosher). Chao and Hsiao defined IAD as “an individual’s inability to control his or her use of the internet, which eventually causes psychological, social, school, and/or work difficulties in a person’s life” (Akhter). Many reports believe that an individual may rely on the internet to avoid anxiety provoking situations like face to face interaction, or as a way to escape from reality. Dr. Orzack from The Clinical Associate in Psychology at McLean Hospital would say believe that it is not those who possess a computer that is exposed to the risk of addiction, but more of the depressed, lonely, impatient, or a recovering addict who are more exposed. The Internet is a helpful tool, but once it reaches a certain level of addiction, consequences will happen on many different aspects (Murali, George). IAD is becoming a bigger and bigger concern as the new generation is more dependent to the technology. Internet addiction affects the physical aspects of the brain and the individual, the mental or psychological aspects, the social aspects, and the intellectual aspects of an individual. IAD has many physical effects on the body and the brain of an individual. The effects IAD has on the body varies from carpal tunnel syndrome, dry eyes, strained vision, aches on the back and
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