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Internet Addiction


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Internet Addiction

  1. 2. INTERNET ADDICTION BY MOHSINE WAHIB Master programme Computer Skills Pr. BELFAKIR
  2. 3. OUTLINE <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>What is Addiction? </li></ul><ul><li>What is Internet Addiction? </li></ul><ul><li>Types of Internet Addiction </li></ul><ul><li>What makes internet use addictive? </li></ul><ul><li>Symptoms </li></ul><ul><li>Consequences </li></ul>
  3. 4. INTRODUCTION With the growing importance of the internet in everyday life, more and more people are accessing various on-line resources each day. The world wide web is informative, convenient, resourceful , fun, but also potentially way for internet addiction.
  5. 6. <ul><li>The term &quot;addiction&quot; is used in many contexts to describe an obsession, compulsion, or excessive psychological dependence, such as: drug addiction (e.g. alcoholism , nicotine addiction ), problem gambling , crime , money , work addiction , compulsive overeating , Oniomania (compulsive shopping), computer addiction , video game addiction , pornography addiction , television addiction , etc. </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>The term addiction is also sometimes applied to compulsions that are not substance-related, such as problem gambling and computer addiction. In these kinds of common usages, the term addiction is used to describe a recurring compulsion by an individual to engage in some specific activity, despite harmful consequences, as deemed by the user himself to his individual health, mental state, or social life. </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Studies on Internet addiction originated in the US by Dr. Kimberly Young, who presented the first research on Internet addiction in 1996 at the American Psychological Association’s annual conference held in Toronto in her paper “Internet Addiction: The Emergence of a New Disorder”. </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>“ Internet addiction is defined as the compulsive urge to continually use the Net, whether it be to spend hours surfing the Web, hang around in IRC chatrooms, or play on-line games.” </li></ul><ul><li>In Book Reviews , Chris Mitchell Kimberly S. Young: Caught In The Net </li></ul>
  10. 11. Internet Addiction Internet Addiction disorder Compulsive Internet Use Pathological Internet Use Internet Dependence Internet Overuse Computer Addiction
  12. 14. <ul><li>Web surfer </li></ul><ul><li>Pornography/Cybersexual </li></ul><ul><li>Chat rooms/online dating/social networking </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming (video/computer) and online gambling </li></ul>
  14. 16. Peel (1991) “ It gives you feeling and gratifying sensations of pain, uncertainty, or discomfort. It may create powerfully distracting sensations that focus and absorb attention. It may enable a person to forget or feel “OK” about some insurmountable problems. It may provide an artificial, temporary feeling of security or calm, of self-worth or accomplishment, of power and control, or intimacy or belonging ” PDF article by Dr. Kimberly S. Young: Internet Addiction: Symptoms, evaluation and treatment
  15. 17. <ul><li>It is accessible 24/7 </li></ul><ul><li>It can be anonymous </li></ul><ul><li>It feels secure </li></ul><ul><li>It is easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>It provides the illusion of connection </li></ul><ul><li>It can be inexpensive </li></ul><ul><li>It is fun and very engaging </li></ul>
  16. 18. SYMPTOMS
  17. 19. <ul><li>Carpal Tunnel Syndrome </li></ul><ul><li>Dry Eyes </li></ul><ul><li>Headaches </li></ul><ul><li>Back Aches </li></ul><ul><li>Eating irregularities (skipping meals) </li></ul><ul><li>Sleep disturbances </li></ul><ul><li>Inability to stop the activity </li></ul><ul><li>Neglect of family and friends </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling empty, depressed, irritable when not at the computer </li></ul><ul><li>Problems with school or job </li></ul><ul><li>Having a sense of well-being or euphoria while at the computer </li></ul>
  19. 21. PHYSICAL SIDE-EFFECTS <ul><li>Sleep depravation </li></ul><ul><li>Risk of carpal tunnel syndrome </li></ul><ul><li>Back strain </li></ul><ul><li>Eyestrain </li></ul><ul><li>Headaches </li></ul>
  20. 22. FAMILIAL PROBLEMS <ul><li>Marriages </li></ul><ul><li>Dating relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Parent-child relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Close friendships </li></ul>
  21. 23. ACADEMIC PROBLEMS <ul><li>More time is spent “researching” than actually completing assignments. </li></ul><ul><li>Incomplete or Missing Assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Inability to concentrate on real life instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Grades begin to decline </li></ul><ul><li>Skipping classes to stay in chat room </li></ul><ul><li>Absenteeism </li></ul>
  22. 24. MY THOUGHTS <ul><li>I believe that everyone has some form of internet addiction. The severity of the addiction is what differs. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology plays a huge role in today’s society. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We rely on the internet for information and other daily activities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most jobs require the use of internet/computer for job-related functions. </li></ul></ul>
  23. 25. The Internet Addiction Test (IAT) is the first validated and reliable measure of addictive use of the Internet. Developed by Dr. Kimberly Young, the IAT is a 20-item questionnaire that measures mild, moderate, and severe levels of Internet Addiction. IAT Activity
  24. 26. ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS USING THIS SCALE: 1= RARELY 2= OCCASIONALLY 3= FREQUENTLY 4= OFTEN 5= ALWAYS <ul><li>How often do you find that you stay on-line longer than you intended? </li></ul><ul><li>How often do you neglect household chores to spend more time on-line? </li></ul><ul><li>How often do you prefer the excitement of the internet to intimacy with your partner? </li></ul><ul><li>How often do you form new relationships with fellow on-line users? </li></ul><ul><li>How often do others in your life complain about the amount of time you spend on-line? </li></ul>
  25. 27. ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS USING THIS SCALE: 1= RARELY 2= OCCASIONALLY 3= FREQUENTLY 4= OFTEN 5= ALWAYS <ul><li>How often do your grades or school work suffer because of the amount of time you spend on-line? </li></ul><ul><li>How often do you check your e-mail before something else that you need to do? </li></ul><ul><li>How often does your job performance or productivity suffer because of the internet? </li></ul><ul><li>How often do you become defensive or secretive when anyone asks you what you do on-line? </li></ul><ul><li>How often do you block out disturbing thoughts about your life with soothing thoughts of the internet? </li></ul>
  26. 28. ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS USING THIS SCALE: 1= RARELY 2= OCCASIONALLY 3= FREQUENTLY 4= OFTEN 5= ALWAYS <ul><li>How often do you find yourself anticipating when you will go on-line again? </li></ul><ul><li>How often do you fear that life without the internet would be boring, empty, and joyless? </li></ul><ul><li>How often do you snap, tell, or act annoyed if someone bothers you while you are on-line? </li></ul><ul><li>How often do you lose sleep due to late-night log-ins? </li></ul><ul><li>How often do you feel preoccupied with the internet when off-line, or fantasize about being on-line? </li></ul>
  27. 29. ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS USING THIS SCALE: 1= RARELY 2= OCCASIONALLY 3= FREQUENTLY 4= OFTEN 5= ALWAYS <ul><li>How often do you find yourself saying, “Just a few more minutes,” when on-line? </li></ul><ul><li>How often do you try to cut down the amount of time you spend on-line and fail? </li></ul><ul><li>How often do you try to hide how long you’ve been on-line? </li></ul><ul><li>How often do you choose to spend more time on-line over going out with others? </li></ul><ul><li>How often do you feel depressed, moody, or nervous when you are off-line, which goes away once you are back on-line? </li></ul>
  28. 30. RESULTS <ul><li>20-49 points: You are an average on-line user. You may surf the Web a bit too long at times, but you have control over your usage. </li></ul><ul><li>50-79 points: You are experiencing occasional or frequent problems because of the internet. You should consider their full impact on your life. </li></ul><ul><li>80-100 points: Your internet usage is causing significant problems in your life. You should evaluate the impact of the internet on your life and address the problems directly caused by your internet usage. </li></ul>Internet Addiction Test (Young, 1998 )
  29. 31. Control yourself ! Use The Internet smart !
  30. 32. SOME USEFUL LINKS <ul><li>The following includes links to resources that further discuss IAD. </li></ul><ul><li>This site gives a basic overview of the disorder and the debate: </li></ul><ul><li>This site gives a more detailed overview of the disorder and discusses the symptoms, treatments, and other information: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>This is a link to an essay that provides information about the disorder. It goes into detail on the debate as well as characteristics of the disorder: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Here are links to the two most addicting sites: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>