Poughkeepsie, New York (PRWEB) May 28, 2013
Internet Addiction and Internet Use Gaming Disorder are synonyms ‘describing an online users potential to become compulsive dependent upon the internet and other forms of Information and Communications Technology. Michael Nuccitelli Psy.D., a New York State licensed psychologist and author of the Information Age Forensics construct, iPredator, has developed a diagnostic screening tool, at no cost to download, to assess if a child or adult online user is engaging in problematic internet use.
Interested parties can visit iPredator Inc.’s website to review or download the IARC or for immediate access, please click on the link available here: Internet Addiction Risk Checklist. Interested parties can also read and download Dr. Nuccitelli’s Internet Addiction webpage outline by clicking on the link here: Internet Addiction. To download either web page, scroll to the bottom of the site page and click on the green pdf/print button.
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 proof of a two-fold message. One, the Information Age has brought to civilization the wonders of digital technology and rapid information access. Two, and as with all positives comes negatives, the dark side of cyberbullying, cyberstalking, online sexual predation and now, Internet Addiction.
Just as all forms of addiction, the probability of the internet addict engaging in criminal, deviant and abusive behavior significantly increases. If in fact, it will be verified that Internet Addiction is an actual mental illness, not only must the healthcare industry mobilize, but law enforcement and the judicial system as well must become prepared. A brief definition of Dr. Nuccitelli’s definition of Internet Dependence and the Internet Addiction Risk Checklist (IARC) is as follows:
Internet Addiction Risk Checklist (IARC): The Internet Addiction Risk Checklist (IARC) is a 100- item risk assessment designed to investigate if an online user is engaging in pathological use of the internet and ICT. The checklist statements have been categorized into cognitive, affective, behavioral and perceptual sections all themed surrounding the compulsive dependent use of digital devices. The IARC can be taken as a self-assessment and when assessing others. Although the IARC is a general assessment for pathological ICT usage, supplement items have been added to focus on the areas of Cyber Sex, Cyber Relationship, Gaming & Online Commerce, Information Implosion & Dark Side ICT usage.
Internet Dependence: Internet Dependence (aka Internet Addiction & Internet Use Gaming Disorder) is an umbrella concept defining a child or adult’s compulsive and progressive dependency upon the internet and electronic devices designed to obtain, exchange or disseminate information. Although the internet is the predominate arena in which Internet Dependence takes place, electronic devices and communications channels not internet enabled are also included in the definition.
Internet Dependence causes dysfunctional cognitive, affective, behavioral & perceptual intrapersonal consequences accompanied with employment, academic, familial, peer & intimate partner interpersonal consequences. On a continuum of severity, ranging from mild to severe, cessation of Internet and/or electronic device usage causes withdrawal symptomology, psychological and/or physiological, combined with perceptual tolerance.
Also on a continuum of severity, Internet Dependent online users engage in criminal, deviant and/or deceptive online activities ranging from mild to severe. The mild and less debilitating condition, Internet Abuse, is not as chronic, severe or self- destructive. Internet Dependence is segmented into six typologies as follows: Cyber Sex Fixated, Cyber Relationship Fixated, Internet Gaming & Online Commerce Fixated, Information Implosion Fixated, Dark Side Fixated and NOS (Not Otherwise Specified) Fixated. The NOS Fixated typology applies to internet dependent online users who share more than one typology, has a co-existing mental illness or medical condition causing psychiatric dysfunction.
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 Forensics. 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. Dr. Nuccitelli enjoys educating the public and is always receptive to participate with ethical media professionals.
Michael Nuccitelli Psy.D., C.F.C.
NYS Licensed Psychologist
C.E.O. iPredator Inc.