Internet Addiction

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* The Introduction
* WHAT IS INTERNET ADDICTION?
* WHY DO PEOPLE ADDICT TO THE INTERNET?
* WHO CAN BECOME ADDICTED TO THE INTERNET?
* VIOLENCE IN ONLINE GAME
* WHAT ARE INTERNET ADDICTION WARNING SIGNS?
* THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH INTERNET ADDICTION
* WHAT ARE THE SOLUTIONS?
* TIPS FOR PARENTS AND CARERS
* Conclusion
* References

The Introduction

The Internet is the largest source of information in the world today. With its web sites, chat rooms and facebook at the present, it is a means of communicating with people in places all over the face of the earth. The Internet can be define as a global network of computers communicating under one set of guidelines, formally called Transmission Control Protocol or Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). The Internet is more than a physical network of wires linking individual computers to one another. It is also a network of people and information resources. Meanwhile addiction, which come from word addict is a person who cannot stop taking or doing something harmful. On the other meaning, addiction is being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming. Since its conception in 1973, the Internet has grown at a rapid rate. Million adults were on-line everyday alone. Some say that the Internet is so enjoyable that it is almost addictive. There may be an actual form of addiction involved with over-use of the Internet. There are no real answers in identifying which category of addiction to the Internet. This is for the reason that, the Internet has been used not only for the adult, but at all level of age these days. People are neglecting other important activities such as time with the family, socializing, work and health concerns. They stayed on-line for five, eight, even ten or more hours at a time and day after day. They also felt anxious and irritable when off-line and desire their next date with the Internet. However, this research will focus on Internet Addiction Disorder, and provide possible solutions to this problem.

* WHAT IS INTERNET ADDICTION?
Internet Addiction, Internet Addiction Disorder, Compulsive Internet Use, Computer Addiction, Internet Dependence and Problematic Internet Use - all of these are essentially terms that have been applied to those that spend excessive amounts of time online at the expense of and to the detriment of other aspects of their lives. Suler (1999) points out that “Addictions” are not actually defined very clearly. This is because it can be unhealthy or even healthy and also a combination of both. It is clear that when people are satisfied by some activities such as hobbies, they would like to spend their times on these activities as much as possible. In addition, it can also be creativity, learning and self-expression. Despite of this, some psychologists define addiction as a behavior pattern of compulsive drug use characterized by overwhelming involvement with the use of a drug and securing of the supply, as well as the tendency to relapse after completion of withdrawal. Internet Addiction Disorder is the term first proposed by Dr. Ivan Goldberg for pathological, compulsive Internet usage. Internet Addiction Disorder is said that it is closest to pathological gambling. This is because some Internet users cannot control themselves when they should access or disconnect the Internet. Many medical doctors and psychologists attempt to elucidate Internet Addiction Disorder. These explanations consist of psychodynamic and personality, sociocultural, behavioral and biomedical explanations. Notwithstanding, Ferris (2002) points out that during this time the term Internet Addiction Disorder is still difficult to define. Not all can perfectly elucidate any addiction and some are better than the others at explaining Internet Addiction Disorder. So far, researchers can only focus on defining the symptoms that lead into...
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