Internet Addiction Disorder - Short Essay

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Internet Addiction Disorder Computer and the Internet become useful tools in every day life. People are able to work on-line, chat, play games, or do their businesses. Although Internet brings many advantages it also carry a variety of dangers, including the possibility of addiction.
Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) is a new kind of addiction, which manifests itself in an excessive computer use that usually collides with person’s daily life.

The fundamental problem of IAD is not a computer. Person is not addicted to the machine but to the emotional states that arise as a result of his/her own activities accomplished by the computer and through the computer. For instance, an on-line games player may become addicted to the strong
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Dr. Kimberly Young, who is one of the first people working on research on IAD, writes that Internet addiction can be defined, as an impulse control disorder, yet does not cause intoxication. She created the Internet Addiction Diagnostic Questionnaire (IADQ) to diagnose this disorder. Internet addiction has a significant impact on the deterioration in the following areas of human functioning: social, professional and psychological. Dr. Young specify the criteria of which five have to be met before someone is consider an addict.

Questions diagnosing these criteria are:
• Do you feel preoccupied with the Internet (think about previous or subsequent stays in the network)?
• Do you feel the need to use the Internet for longer periods of time?
• Have you had many unsuccessful attempts to control the time limit or stop Internet use?
• Did you feel restless, moody, irritated, depressed when you tried to reduce their time on the Internet or stop using it?
• Do you stay online longer than originally planned?
• Do you risk losing important relationships, work, career or study because of the internet?
• Have you tricked a family therapists, relatives or to hide the growing problem of Internet?
• Are you using the Internet as a way of escaping from problems or a way of aggravated mood (feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, depression)?
( Web. 8 Feb 2011) To prevent the Internet addiction, young
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