by Michelle O’Halloranphoto: liewcf - Flickrto Being ConnectedAddictedFriday, 17 May, 13
photo: .evenwestvang - FlickrThere arenow moreways thanever to beconnected tothe internet.Friday, 17 May, 13
...no matter where you are.photo: Night Owl City - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
But what are the consequencesof being constantly plugged in?photo: MelissaVenable - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
Are internet users becoming reliant onconnectivity in order to function?photo: Aaron Jacobs - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
“Internet Use Disorder” was a new entry in therecently released fifth edition of the Diagnostic andStatistical Manual of M...
According to DMS-5, those suffering from IUD, orinternet addiction, build a “tolerance” to the internet,needing to spend m...
“Recent studies suggest theproblem is widespread, with asmuch as 18.5 per cent of theU.S. population addicted to theweb. O...
Thanks to smartphones, people can get theirinternet fixes wherever they are.photo:Yutaka Tsutano - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
According to Pew research, a quarter ofyoung people primarily use theircellphones to access the internet.photo: JesperYu -...
“78 per cent of young people,ages 12 to 17, now havecellphones. Nearly half ofthose are smartphones, a sharethats increasi...
The uprising of smartphones allows young people inlow-income families with no home internet to be ableto access the web.ph...
Many consider addiction to mobiledevices to be a problem as well asinternet addiction.photo: University of Maryland Press ...
“Theaddictionhas evenbeen givena name —Nomophobia is the term created by British researchers in2008 to identify people who...
One reason why societyloves the internet andmobile interactions isbecause people are nowable to be in control of howmuch, ...
“In
 the
 SILENCE
 of
 connection,
 people
 are
 comforted
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Is internet addiction a diagnosable disorder? Or is it just how our society is evolving?

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  1. 1. by Michelle O’Halloranphoto: liewcf - Flickrto Being ConnectedAddictedFriday, 17 May, 13
  2. 2. photo: .evenwestvang - FlickrThere arenow moreways thanever to beconnected tothe internet.Friday, 17 May, 13
  3. 3. ...no matter where you are.photo: Night Owl City - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
  4. 4. But what are the consequencesof being constantly plugged in?photo: MelissaVenable - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
  5. 5. Are internet users becoming reliant onconnectivity in order to function?photo: Aaron Jacobs - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
  6. 6. “Internet Use Disorder” was a new entry in therecently released fifth edition of the Diagnostic andStatistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DMS).photo:TimmyGUNZ - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
  7. 7. According to DMS-5, those suffering from IUD, orinternet addiction, build a “tolerance” to the internet,needing to spend more and more time online to achievethe same “high”.photo: Katie@! - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
  8. 8. “Recent studies suggest theproblem is widespread, with asmuch as 18.5 per cent of theU.S. population addicted to theweb. One Stanford Universitysurvey found a staggering onein eight American adultsshowed signs of ‘problematicinternet use.’”- Josh Tapper,The Toronto Starphoto: Katie@! - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
  9. 9. Thanks to smartphones, people can get theirinternet fixes wherever they are.photo:Yutaka Tsutano - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
  10. 10. According to Pew research, a quarter ofyoung people primarily use theircellphones to access the internet.photo: JesperYu - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
  11. 11. “78 per cent of young people,ages 12 to 17, now havecellphones. Nearly half ofthose are smartphones, a sharethats increasing steadily — andthats having a big effect onhow, and where, many youngpeople are accessing the Web.”photo: Candace Nast - Flickr- Martha Irvine,The Associated PressFriday, 17 May, 13
  12. 12. The uprising of smartphones allows young people inlow-income families with no home internet to be ableto access the web.photo: ebayink - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
  13. 13. Many consider addiction to mobiledevices to be a problem as well asinternet addiction.photo: University of Maryland Press Releases - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
  14. 14. “Theaddictionhas evenbeen givena name —Nomophobia is the term created by British researchers in2008 to identify people who experience anxiety when theyhave no access to mobile technology.”photo:Wesley Fryer - Flickr- Richard Alleyne,TheTelegraphFriday, 17 May, 13
  15. 15. One reason why societyloves the internet andmobile interactions isbecause people are nowable to be in control of howmuch, how little, and in whatways they communicatewith others.photo: everdred - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
  16. 16. “In
  17. 17.  the
  18. 18.  SILENCE
  19. 19.  of
  20. 20.  connection,
  21. 21.  people
  22. 22.  are
  23. 23.  comforted
  24. 24.  by
  25. 25.  being
  26. 26.  IN
  27. 27.  TOUCH
  28. 28.  with
  29. 29.  a
  30. 30.  lot
  31. 31.  of
  32. 32.  people,
  33. 33.  carefully
  34. 34.  kept
  35. 35.  at
  36. 36.  bay.
  37. 37.  We
  38. 38.  can’t
  39. 39.  get
  40. 40.  enough
  41. 41.  of
  42. 42.  one
  43. 43.  another
  44. 44.  if
  45. 45.  we
  46. 46.  can
  47. 47.  use
  48. 48.  technology
  49. 49.  to
  50. 50.  keep
  51. 51.  one
  52. 52.  another
  53. 53.  at
  54. 54.  distances
  55. 55.  we
  56. 56.  can
  57. 57.  CONTROL:not
  58. 58.  too
  59. 59.  CLOSE,not
  60. 60.  too
  61. 61.  FAR,just
  62. 62.  RIGHT.”- Sherry Turkle,The NewYork Timesphoto: EdYourdon - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
  63. 63. But can we truly be addictedto the internet and mobiledevices like one can be todrugs or gambling?photo: Håkan Dahlström - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
  64. 64. In the world of mental health research, a lot ofcontroversy surrounds the decision to addInternet Use Disorder to the DSM.photo: aether_bunny - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
  65. 65. Skeptics argue that there is no clear-cut definition for internet addiction, and that there is little biological difference between the average brain and the brain of an internet addict.photo: QIAGEN_PR - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
  66. 66. “Many researchers contend internet addiction cannotexist on its own. They say it is most likely a symptom ofdepression, social anxiety or obsessive-compulsiveness.”- Josh Tapper,The Toronto Starphoto: Sander van der Wel - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
  67. 67. However,
  68. 68.  perhaps
  69. 69.  it
  70. 70.  is
  71. 71.  not
  72. 72.  the
  73. 73.  individual
  74. 74.  who
  75. 75.  is
  76. 76.  addicted
  77. 77.  to
  78. 78.  being
  79. 79.  connected...photo: lanier67 - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
  80. 80. ...or society as a whole.photo: Steve Rhode - FlickrFriday, 17 May, 13
  81. 81. Sources:• Richard Alleyne,“Mobile Phone Addiction Ruining Relationships”.The Telegraph• Martha Irvine,“MoreYouth Use Smartphones to Log Online: U.S.Reports”.The Associated Press• Josh Tapper,“Internet Addicts Face Constant Temptation, Non-Believers”.The Toronto Star• Sherry Turkle,“The Flight from Conversation”.The NewYorkTimesFriday, 17 May, 13

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