Internet addiction as New Addiction?

TitleInternet addiction as New Addiction?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsCivita A
JournalInterdisciplinary Journal of Family Studies
Date Published12/2013
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2282-2011
KeywordsAddiction, Internet, Prevention, technology, Teenagers

The Internet has brought about many changes in people's lives, at the social, psychological and educational level, but excessive use can cause a particular addiction, called Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD), which consists in not being able to control the need to connect to the internet, remaining connected many hours and losing track of time. This addiction can cause various kinds of problems: physical, financial, within relationships, at work or at school. Some of the different kinds of addiction include the addiction to internet sex, virtual relationships, internet activity, excessive information and virtual games. Therefore, we need to identify the guidelines to regulate the use in terms of time, to prevent internet addiction and avoid falling into the many traps of the internet.