There are varying opinions on the subject. Some say that the Internet can be addicting to the point that it disturbs one's life and the lives of those around him. Others say that there is no such thing as Internet Addiction-- getting pleasure out of a computer is not the same as getting pleasure from cocaine or any other drug. In his column in Harvard Mental Health Letter, Dr. Michael Craig Miller proves that there is an argument about defining Internet addiction as a new mental disorder. According to him, “the presence of other mental disorders among potential addicts is the rule rather than exception. Disorders of mood, anxiety, impulse control, attention, and personality are common. For all these reasons, it is difficult to call “Internet addiction” as a unified disorder” (8).
The growing popularity of the Internet has given way to a new disorder associated with it. Internet Addiction Disorder is becoming more and more popular as more people are finding themselves attached to their computers. Time is not the sole indicator of whether someone is suffering from Internet Addiction Disorder. Many people have to spend more time online than others. For example, some jobs demand people to be on-line for research purposes. College students have to
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