The Internet age or we call it information age also known as the computer age or digital age.this internet has helped us in many ways but it has also given us many drawbacks one of which is very important to be taken care of that is, Internet Addiction Disorder.
The advancement in study of Internet Addiction Disorder has been negatively impacted by the lack of standardisation in this area. It has been generally accepted among researchers, however, that Internet Addiction is only a subset of technology addiction in general. As the name states, its concentration is on compilation with the Internet- as other areas of media addiction can be seen in television addiction, radio addiction and other types of media addiction. Due to the explosion of digital age, Internet Addiction Disorder has taken the reigns as the top culprit is technology addiction as of late. The troubling thing about this disorder is that if you are suffering from it, you are endlessly surrounded by technology. In the digital age, the Internet has taken over. Most of what we do, as a general population can be done on the Internet. Can’t find that shirt you want in the store? No worries- the Internet has it! Need to place an order for pizza? Why call? Order it online! Can’t call over a friend to play a video game at 3am when you are suffering from insomnia and can’t go back to sleep? I bet there is someone across the globe that is awake and ready to play! That’s in essence, why this disorder can be troubling- even treatment wise. It’s hard to live these days by getting rid of the Internet. We are always surrounded by it and for most of us, we use it daily.
Just because you use internet a lot – watch Youtube videos, shop online frequently or like to check social media does not mean that you suffer from Internet Addiction Disorder. The trouble comes when these activities start to interfere with your daily life. In general, Internet Addiction Disorder is subdivided into various categories. The most commonly identified category of Internet Addiction include gaming, social networking, email, blogging, online shopping and inappropriate Internet pornography use. Other researchers suggest that it is not the amount of time that you spent on the internet that is particularly troublesome- rather , it is how the internet is being used. That is, the riskiness of internet use can be just as important as the amount of time spent. Do you have a teenager using teen dating sites that could have child molesters lurking on the site? This is risk and one of the multidimensional aspect of Internet Addiction Disorder. Other identifies multidimensional aspects of Internet Addiction Disorder include physical impairments, social and functional impairments, emotional impairments, impulsive Internet use and dependence on the internet.
Like most disorders, its not likely to pinpoint an exact cause of Internet Addiction Disorder. This disorder is characteristic of having multiple contributing factors. Some evidence suggest that if you are suffering from Internet Addiction Disorder your brain makeup is similar to those that are suffering from chemical dependency, such as drugs and alcohol. Interestingly some studies link Internet Addiction Disorder to physically changing the brain structure. signs and symptoms of Internet Addiction Disorder may present themselves in both physical and emotional manifestations.
The first step to the treatment is the recognition that a problem exists. If you do not believe you have a problem, you are not likely to seek treatment. One of the overarching problems with the internet is that there is often no accountability and no limits. You are hidden behind the screen – and somethings that you may say or do online are things you would never do in person.
Corrective behaviours include softwares that control the internet use and types of sites visited- with the majority of professionals in agreement that the total abstinence from the computer is not an effective method of correction.
The increased digital age has propelled us into the Internet age and Internet addiction has become a truly real “thing”. However, many researchers are uncertain of whether Internet Addiction Disorder is a disorder in its own existence or rather a symptom of other underlying conditions.
Creating an even more problematic interaction is the fact that everything is online nowadays. It’s hard to make a distinction between the online and offline worlds. Everything is internet based. From ordering food, interacting with friends, playing games and even watching TV. Adding own additional layers of confusion and distinction is that other digital technology is taking over the world as well- make access to computers even easier. Now we don’t have to be physically sitting in front of the computer- we do anything from anywhere with just our phone, tablets or other electronic devices.