19 Jul Internet Addiction Shares Similarities With Drug Addiction
A recent study suggests that Internet users might actually be addicted to the Internet and suffer symptoms of withdrawal synonymous like those of drug addicts. The Internet’s interjection into the daily life of most Americans is fairly new, and the study carried out at Milan University is thought to be the first of its kind – measuring the addictive power of the Internet. But Internet addiction has been a topic of discussion for a decade. From gambling to pornography, addictions take many courses. The psychological impact of being drawn to the Internet at the expense of other aspects of life has really not gotten much exposure.
The study examines the depression that Internet addicts are prone to adopt. Other behaviors, such as low self-esteem and attention deficit disorder are also addressed in the study. But Internet addicts are also being found to display behaviors described as impulsivity, sensation- and novelty-seeking as well as aggressive behavior. The Internet, for most people, provides a positive outlet for information gathering or entertainment. People are using the Internet for business purposes and a myriad of other reasons. However, it’s when the Internet use became addictive that peaked the interest of researchers.
In the study, researchers asked participants to surf the net. They could visit as many sites as they wished during a 15 minute window. After 15 minutes, the participants were analyzed for mood and anxiety. Those with a propensity for Internet addiction were found to have what drug addicts refer to as a “comedown” when they come off a drug.
The results of the study show that around half of the people studied were found to have similarly bad reactions to coming off the Internet.
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