Course name: Professional writing in English
Course number: (
Due date: 2013.11.26
Number of words required: 1000 words
Number of words written: 1086 words
Signature: Date: 2013.11.26
Internet addiction is a growing problem for the whole world: estimates show that from 5 to 10 % of world population have this problem. Internet addiction is defined as any online-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one's work environment (Johnson, 2009). Internet addiction has been called Internet dependency and Internet compulsivity.
On one hand, Internet should not be regarded as a means of addiction. “Addicted Internet users are addicted to a favored kind of social stimulation and not to the Internet itself, although it is also true that the Internet has made it vastly easier and more convenient for someone to develop such a compulsion”(Bocij, 2006). Therefore, those who tend to become addicts in real life. Have the same chance of becoming Internet addicts.
On the other hand, the availability of Internet, propagation of new online possibilities and the lack of moral and social responsibility are the main driving forces causing people to drive into Internet compulsion.
Scientific theories play an important role in helping health professionals to understand the nature of Internet addiction and formulate intervention strategies. There are several functions of theories. First, they provide languages for health professionals to describe the phenomena related to Internet addiction (e.g., Internet addiction as a manifestation of personality problem or family problem). Second, theories help health professionals to