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Internet addiction, fact or fiction?:

Internet addiction, fact or fiction? In this presentation I will lay out the general argument over internet addiction. Whether it is a legitimate condition, or not. - Jake Litteral

Prolegomena:

Prolegomena " There's no question that there are people who are seriously in trouble because of the fact that they're overdoing their Internet involvement ." -Ivan Goldberg, a New York psychiatrist. “ Anecdotal reports indicated that some on-line users were becoming addicted to the Internet in much the same way that others became addicted to drugs or alcohol, which resulted in academic, social, and occupational impairment. However, research among sociologists, psychologists, or psychiatrists has not formally identified addictive use of the Internet as a problematic behavior .” -Kimberly S. Young, Psy. D.

Prolegomena:

Prolegomena It is apparent that our culture in the 21 st century is defined by technology, especially the Internet. With the rise of social networks, and the access to almost limitless amounts of knowledge, the internet is shaping the way we view ourselves (sense of identity) and the means by which we learn (pedagogical) .

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Prolegomena:

Prolegomena Although we have benefited from the Internet tremendously, there are people who claim that their over-use of the internet use has had a negative impact on their lives. Studies have shown that all who claim to have some sort of addiction to the Internet have considerable relational, academic, familial, and occupational impairments. Out of those who claim to be addicted, some have reported that their addiction causes depression, feelings of guilt, and aggressive behavior after prolonged Internet use.

Necessity for Research:

Necessity for Research With patients struggling and reporting about their overuse of the Internet, and the rapid growth of internet use in our culture, it is necessary for the mental health sciences to address these issues and to find a solution.

Definition :

Definition The general research over Internet Addiction has called into question the term “addiction”. Internet “addicts” are not chemically disposed, like the traditional use of the term, but rather addicts are characterized by excessive or poorly controlled preoccupations, urges or behaviors regarding computer use and internet access that lead to impairment or distress .

Subjects:

Subjects College students are a main focus in Internet Addiction research. Teachers notice that fewer and fewer students are willing to take early morning classes. Some students get poor grades or are placed on academic probation because they spend to much time on the computer. Is this a besetting condition or just poor management on the part of the student?

Research:

Research 94 Swiss general psychiatrists filled out a questionnaire at a conference of general psychiatry assessing their views on the concept of Internet Addiction, their evaluation methods, and their treatment procedures they use.

Results:

Results Results shown three groups of opinions: 1) Disbelievers (20 people)- those who reject the label Internet Addiction and dismiss it as a genuine addiction. 2) Nosology Believers (66 people)- Those who are believers of the addiction. 3) Nosology/ Treatment Believers (8 people)- Those who are believers and assert the availability of effective treatment.

Conclusion of Research:

Conclusion of Research “Though the concept of Internet Addiction is largely acknowledged as a clinical reality by Swiss psychiatrists, routine screening and treatment remain uncommon, mainly due to the belief that efficient treatment is still lacking.” - Daniele Zullino Although the findings show that many health officials do find Internet Addiction a legitimate condition, there is still insufficient empirical evidence to come to a solitary position.

The positions:

The positions This apparent “addiction” to the Internet is either a genuine problem, and should be included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), OR it is not a genuine disorder and it may in fact be no more than a symptom of other existing disorders.

The Positions:

The Positions Notable supporters for Internet Addiction are: - Maressa Orzack (director of the Computer Addiction Study Center at Harvard University's McLean Hospital) - Jeremy Greenfield (Center for Internet Behavior) - Kimberly S. Young (director of the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery) - Jerald J. Block, M.D , Hilarie Cash, PhD , and Kim McDaniel, MA , among others.

The positions:

The positions Notable opposition against Internet Addiction are: - Psychiatrist Dr. Goldberg (who argues that it is possible that a person could have a pathological relationship with a specific aspect of the Internet, such as bidding on online auctions, viewing pornography, online gaming, or online gambling but that does not make the Internet medium itself addictive.)

Resolution:

Resolution Currently there is no fixed solution, or resolution to the issues around Internet Addiction. This is a relatively young disorder and it will take a while for it to come to a head. In the mean time, use the Internet wisely. If facebook or twitter is causing you to stumble in your school work, or in any other area then get off and step outside and take a deep breath of fresh air.

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