Internet Addiction

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INTRODUCTIONThe internet has become a part of everyday life and "internet addiction" has become a part of our common vocabulary. It is just a psychological disorder and does not involve use of an intoxicating drug and is very similar to pathological gambling.. This is a growing problem is plaguing many families, couples, and individuals both young and old. Science and technology are supposed to make life better for humans but many people, especially young people are now dangerously addicted to the internet. It makes people busier, more stressed, irritable, less thoughtful, less reflective, and less humane. Some people who have spent much time on the internet have had serious problems in their lives such as divorce, debt, or loss of jobs. Scientists found that healthy teens who used the Internet obsessively report that they felt moody or nervous when not online and were 2.5 times more likely to become depressed. According to founder of restart, a center for treatment of Internet addiction, internet addicts make up as much as 10% of the entire U.S. teen population (Hillarie Cash). In last, Internet is the largest and versatile source of information in the world but today it has become an addiction. This addiction can easily disrupt anyone’s life and the main purpose of this statement is to spread awareness and awake people from its pros and cons.

There are some major points which make people addicted to the internet such as Loneliness, Depression, and Hunger of knowledge, Compulsion and Social disorder. These may lead us to world of addiction and it will be hard to come from there. There is a strong link between heavy internet use and depression. People who use internet to connect with people, pay bills or find information, the people who spend hours each day aimlessly surfing the net are more likely to be depressed. British scientist found evidence that people using internet to replace real-life social interaction with online chat rooms and social networking sites. For certain individuals, the Internet is an easy way of satisfying social needs. Some people become addicted to internet dating sites and chat line to meet with other people. They use social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace to get rid from these problems. People will become addicted to the internet because of an online activity that encourages another compulsive behaviour. For instance, an online poker site could be detrimental to a compulsive gambler. There are some people who are addicted to knowledge. The hunger of knowledge is so strong and the people may not be able to stop themselves from doing Internet searches and reading informational articles. Anxiety and a social disorder could also cause an Internet addiction. The people seek to escape from the real world, which they finds scary, to a fantasy world online where they can be more comfortable. There are many different types of addiction such as Gaming addiction, Illegal downloading addiction, Internet gambling addiction, Internet dating addiction, and Social networking addiction. Being addicted to the internet is not an uncommon problem; it has become a part of our routine life. In the 21st century, if you asked a seventeen old year boys what they do in their free time, they will say playing soccer, cricket, basketball and video games. Video game addiction has become a major problem in our society. Computer use has reached beyond work and it's now become a source of fun and entertainment for many people. Many teenagers and adults are playing gaming in large amount of time and it creates many problems for them such as violent behavior, hostility and social isolation. An example is found in Elyria, Ohio, where a seventeen year-old boy named Daniel Petric shot his parents in the head after they confiscated his copy of 'Halo 3’(AlanW). We must raise awareness about the harmful effects of video gaming before it becomes "game over" for our children....
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