Investigative Report of Internet Addiction

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Investigative Report Of Internet Addiction

Prepared for
Dr. Jere Mitchum
By
Marwan
November 4 , 1996

TABLE OF CONTENT

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS ...............................................iv ABSTRACT.............................................................v INTRODUCTION ........................................................1 Purpose .............................................................1 Growth Of The Internet ..............................................1 THE ADDICTION .......................................................2 What causes it ......................................................2 Symptoms ............................................................3 How To Overcome The Addiction........................................4 The elements of any addiction........................................4 CONCLUSION ..........................................................8 One Last Interesting Question .......................................9 REFERENCES ..........................................................10

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Figures

1. The number of networks connected to the Internet vs. Time. 2. The percentage of the Internet domains
3. Will the equation people = Internet Users be true in 2001?

ABSTRACT

The problem of Internet addiction is not very noticeable now and that's why not many people are taking it seriously, but what these people are failing to see is the connection between the very rapid growth of the Internet and the addiction problem. It is really simple logic the bigger the Internet get the more users will be which will lead to a bigger number of addicts that can have their lives as well as others corrupted by this behavior. The main objective of this paper is to make sure that all reader know and understand what Internet addiction is and how it can be solved or avoided. I can not offer a professional psychiatric solution but I believe if a person knows more about the addiction, the better chance they have to help themselves as well as others; that's why I have included a short summary of the elements of addiction.

I hope that by the time you read my paper you will have a better understanding about this issue to keep yourself as well as others of taking Internet addiction lightly.

INTRODUCTION

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to make you, the reader, alert and more aware of the newest type of addiction, Internet addiction. Many people would call it exaggeration to classify spending a lot of time on the Internet as an addiction, but since the subject is a fairly new not everybody is taking it as serious as they should be.

Growth of the Internet

I am sure that everybody knows what the Internet and used it at least a couple of times so there is no need for me to tell you what the Internet is. However, the incredible growth of the size and technology of the Internet is a fact well worth mentioning.

Ever since the Internet was commercially introduced to the public late in 1989 the number of the networks that form the Internet have been increasing exponentially. As you can see in figure 1 in the United States there is a new network connected to the Internet every 30 minutes.

Figure 1 Number of Networks connected (Source:
ftp://nic.merit.edu/statistics/nsfnet)

Not all these networks are commercial, some are educational some are for organizations and some are simply networks that provide Internet services. All these different kind of networks can be identified on the Internet by their domain extension, or in other words the last three letters in the address -e.g. http://www.arabia.com is a commercial site because of the .com- in figure 2 the percentage of all four major domains is shown, and it is obvious that the big share goes to the commercial domains. It does not take a genius to figure out that since the Internet attracted that much commercial interest that means that more and more people are...
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