Internet Addiction

1666 WordsApr 20, 20087 Pages
Internet Addiction is a problem more common in society as Internet usage is increasing. The prevalence of Internet use worldwide is increasing. Along with the benefits the Internet brings, problems of excessive Internet use is becoming apparent. As a result, along with drug and alcoholic addictions nowadays, there is one more – Internet addiction, last but not least. The opinions on the methods for the solution vary, because the problem was not studied enough. One of the solutions is to attend support groups and get the professional help. Some individuals with strong will power might be able to get rid of the addiction by themselves, understanding that this is a problem, which has to be solved in order to have a normal life. There are…show more content…
Finding a reason for Internet addiction can be as hard as finding a reason for smoking addiction. According to Aleksey Petrov, psychology teacher in Belarusian State University, there are a couple of reasons that are obvious for some addicts, such as: a) The power of instant access to all sorts of information and all kinds of people is a positive that can be overused. b) A different kind of community that can draw people who tend to "shy out" in the real world because this new virtual community does not require the social skill that real life does, all you have to do is be good on the keyboard. c) Adopting new personas and playing your favorite kind of personality is not hard when others cannot see or hear you. d) Last but not least is the fascination with technology. (3 Oct. 2007) Group counseling appears to be one of the solutions for treating addictions. Millions of recovering addicts have experienced success from attending 12-ster support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, etc. Several groups of people created the same kind of support groups dedicated to help people who suffer from Internet Addiction Disorder. Nevertheless, not everyone supports this method, emphasizing that in order to get rid of Internet addiction has to use the Internet, because many of such support groups are providing on-line treatment. However, the main key to getting rid of, or even avoiding, any

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