Internet Addiction Disorder and Internet Dependency a Growing Concern

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Non-profit site assists those afflicted with Internet Addiction Disorder.

The non-profit website was launched this week to bring awareness to Internet Addiction Disorder and to help those afflicted with the disorder.

In a recent study, researchers from Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital in Taiwan followed Internet users for two years and found that ADHD and hostility were linked to Internet addiction. The research was funded by the National Science Council.

Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD), or, more broadly, Internet overuse, problematic computer use or pathological computer use, is excessive computer use that interferes with daily life. These terms avoid the distracting and divisive term "addiction" and are not limited to any single cause.

Online activities which, if done in person, would normally be considered troublesome, such as compulsive gambling or shopping, are sometimes called net compulsions. Others, such as reading or playing computer games, are troubling only to the extent that these activities interfere with normal life. Supporters of disorder classification often divide IAD into subtypes by activity, such as excessive, overwhelming, or inappropriate pornography use, gaming, online social networking, blogging, email, or Internet shopping.

The interest in, and study and public concern over, internet overuse can be attributed to the fact that it has become increasingly difficult to distinguish between the online and offline worlds. The Internet has tremendous potential to affect the emotions of humans and in turn, alter our self-perception and anxiety levels.

According to Wikipedia, corrective strategies include content-control systems, counseling, and cognitive behavioral therapy. One of the major reasons that the Internet is so addicting is the lack of limits and the absence of accountability. jokingly warns users: "You may experience Internet withdrawal symptoms including craving, nausea, sweating, anxiety, hair pulling (trichotillomania) or clawing at the skin. Check with your doctor to make sure this is safe for you.".

But the site also underscores the seriousness of the matter claiming that "over one year of an afflicted individual's waking life may be lost to Internet overuse".

If you believe that you or a loved one is suffering from Internet Addiction Disorder, or to simply learn more about the disorder, visit


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