Internet Addiction And The Internet Essays

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Introduction
Internet refers to “…an international infrastructure – a network of networks – available in universities, research institutions, government agencies, libraries, and businesses” (Mooney 2015, 451). It has also evolved into Web 2.0, which is “…a platform for millions of users to express themselves online in the common areas of cyberspace” (Mooney 2015, 451). There is also the Semantic Web (or Web 3.0), which “…entails not only pages of information but also pages that describe the interrelationship between the pages of information resulting in ‘smart media’” (Mooney 2015, 454). The Internet and Web 2.0 are undoubtedly some of the greatest inventions in human history. However, there is a rising issue with the Internet: internet addiction.
In the modern world, addiction is inferred as “a compulsive lifestyle that people adopt as a desperate substitute when they are dislocated from the myriad intimate ties between people and groups – from the family to the spiritual community – that are essential for every person in every type of society.” (Taylor 2008, 222) Internet addiction, then, is a phenomenon in which “…a person has a compulsive need to spend a great deal of time on the internet, to the point where other areas of life (such as relationships, work or health) are allowed to suffer” (Healey 2011, 15). This individual “…becomes dependent on using the internet and needs to spend more and more time online to achieve the same ‘high’” (Healey 2011, 15). Internet…

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