Internet Addiction And Its Effects On The Internet Essay

762 Words Nov 30th, 2015 4 Pages
Initially people around the world and scientists have come to believe that people can become addicted to the internet. In Alan Greenblatt’s Impact of the Internet on Thinking: Is the Web Changing the Way We Think? ; Hilarie Cash, who runs a treatment center for Internet and video game addiction in Redmond, Washington, says that “both China and South Korea have named Internet addiction as primary public-health concerns (Greenblatt 11).” Although in some places they consider internet addiction as a health concern, there are many who do not consider internet addiction as one. The standard diagnostic manual for mental disorders does not consider excessive internet use as an addiction because it is not rooted in a chemical basis, like with drugs and alcohol (Greenblatt 11). Why wouldn’t they consider it an addiction? Internet addiction is rooted to a chemical basis because when using the internet the brain produces dopamine, a compound present in the body as a neurotransmitter, which is a chemical that is produced in the brain when someone sees something they like or excites them when opening social media or even when receiving a text message. Even though they may not consider it an addiction it can largely impact other parts of life. Although the term “addiction” may not be clinically accurate, suggest Aboujaoude, the Stanford psychiatrist, but certainly there is something tempting for many people about Internet use. Also University of Washington’s Levy states that it takes a…

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