Internet Addiction, Excessive Usage, And Gratification

1419 WordsJul 11, 20166 Pages
Nisaa Kirtman PSY 7102, Week 4 Internet addiction, excessive usage, and gratification: A review of two articles The growth of the internet and internet-dependency has become some of the many facets in people?s day-to-day lives. Smartphones, radio, the television, newspapers, and magazines are flooded with news and non-stop information that some may not classify as ?news? (e.g., celebrity gossip, etc.). It seems that the prevalence of the internet are indicators of a nation, communities, organizations, or individuals who have become a members of the information society, or have entered the information era. This prevalence of the internet begs the following questions: Is the Internet as beneficial to our future lives and work as we may think? Can the Internet harm our daily off-line lives? How is it that the internet can entice individuals to produce addiction-like behaviors? In past research, the word "addiction" was only used to describe substance abuse, such as drugs and alcohol. While the definition has become more broadly used, and is less rigid, the addiction behaviors seen with excessive internet use have been shown with similarly abusive behaviors with substances, activities or interactions (e.g., sex, gambling, eating, or television viewing). Like newer labels such as ?internet addiction? and even studying mass media addictions, researchers used research models of drug abuse to examine these phenomena. For instance, some research has assumed that using the
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