Internet Addiction Identification & Prevention Information Released

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Internet Addiction & Internet Use Gaming Disorder are two hotly debated issues being discussed now that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) is formally being released to the professional community and public. Researched, aggregated and authored by Michael Nuccitelli Psy.D., C.F.C., a New York State licensed psychologist and certified forensic consultant, interested parties are welcomed to download his Internet Addiction webpage article at no cost and requiring no personal information.


Internet Addiction: The New Information Age Pathology

The Internet Addiction and Internet Use Gaming Disorder page, authored by a Forensic Psychologist, is available to download free. iPredator Inc.

Internet Addiction, Internet Use Disorder & Internet Use Gaming Disorder are three synonymous terms describing the psychopathology involved with children and adults who become dependent upon Information and Communications Technology. Michael Nuccitelli Psy.D., a New York State licensed psychologist and author of the Information Age Forensics construct, iPredator, presents his understanding of the Information Age addiction called Internet Use Disorder.

As the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) is formally being released to the professional community and public, the disorders addressing Internet Addiction and Internet Use Gaming Disorder are being hotly debated. Interested parties can visit iPredator Inc.’s website to review or download the Internet Addiction article or for immediate access, please click on the link available here: Internet Addiction.

Dr. Nuccitelli is the author of the Information Age Forensics construct, iPredator, and the formal acceptance of online users being capable of suffering from an Internet Addiction by the professional community is what Dr. Nuccitelli believes is “one step closer for humanity accepting we live in the Information Age.” Just all compulsive dependencies, whether chemical or behavioral, the probability of the addict engaging in criminal, deviant and abusive behavior significantly increases.

If in fact there is a proven and consensually accepted disorder fitting criteria for Internet Addiction, it becomes paramount for the professional community to investigate how this newly introduced addictive disorder influences the plethora of new Information Age criminal and deviant activities that are already growing at a feverish pace. A brief definition of Dr. Nuccitelli’s construct, iPredator, and his definition of Internet Dependence is as follows:

Internet Dependence: Internet Dependence (aka Internet Addiction) is an umbrella concept defining a child or adult’s compulsive and progressive dependency upon an electronic device designed to obtain, exchange or disseminate information. Although the internet is the predominate arena in which Internet Dependence takes place, electronic devices that are not internet enabled are also included. Internet Dependence causes dysfunctional cognitive, affective, behavioral & perceptual intrapersonal consequences and employment, academic, familial, peer & intimate partner interpersonal consequences. On a continuum of severity, ranging from mild to severe, cessation of Internet usage causes withdrawal symptomology.

To be defined as Internet Dependent, negative intrapersonal and interpersonal consequences from internet usage are evident, a pattern of tolerance has been established and withdrawal symptomology is required. Also on a continuum of severity, internet dependent online users engage in criminal, deviant and/or deceptive online activities ranging from mild to severe.

iPredator: A child, adult, group or nation who, directly or indirectly, participates in the exploitation, victimization, stalking, theft or disparagement of others using Information and Communications Technology (ICT.) iPredators are driven by deviant fantasies, desires for power and control, retribution, religious fanaticism, political reprisal, psychiatric illness, perceptual distortions, peer acceptance or personal and financial gain. iPredators can be any age, either gender and not bound by economic status, race or national heritage.

iPredator is a global term used to distinguish anyone who engages in criminal, deviant or abusive behaviors using ICT. Whether the offender is a cyberbully, cyberstalker, cyber harasser, cyber criminal, online sexual predator, internet troll or cyber terrorist, they fall within the scope of iPredator.

Dr. Nuccitelli is quoted saying, “As the professional community continues bickering on the etiology, terminology and criteria for Internet Addiction, thousands of American online users are becoming compulsive dependent to the internet, mobile device technology & all forms of information technology. It also needs to be understood that with all addiction comes an increased probability of the addict engaging in criminal, deviant and abusive behaviors. As an internet safety educator, it is time to address this growing behavioral cancer. ”

About iPredator Inc.

iPredator Inc. is a New York State based Information Age Forensics Company founded to provide educational and advisory products & services to consumers and organizations on cyberbullying, cyber harassment, cyberstalking, cybercrime, internet defamation, cyber terrorism, online sexual predation and the new field the founder is pioneering termed, Information Age Psychology. Created by a NYS licensed psychologist and certified forensic consultant, Michael Nuccitelli Psy.D., C.F.C., their goal is to reduce victimization, theft, harm and disparagement from online assailants.

Michael Nuccitelli Psy.D., C.F.C.
NYS Licensed Psychologist
C.E.O. iPredator Inc.

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