Internet Addiction Essay

1287 Words 6 Pages
Gina Prakide
Professor Barrier
12 November 2015
Internet Addiction Most people all over the world use Internet as an escape from reality, or from boredom. But how do people know if they have an Internet Addiction? In the book Hamlet’s Blackerry, by William Powers he says“ In fact, there’s a great deal of ongoing research about connective technologies and how they’re affecting individuals, families, businesses, and society at large” (17). Most people have different kinds of addictions, an addiction of some sort of crave or urges, the one most people do not know about is Internet Addiction, an addiction that can possibly harm friends and family. I decided to do my research essay on different types of Internet Addiction. The top four
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net compulsion is base on different types of internet uses, the most common one would be like gambling online, playing online games, or using internet as a compulsive shopper. Reports shows that people who are addicted to gambling, games, or compulsive shopping tend to spend around 18 hours a day online (Armstrong 2). In the article “International Journal of Child and Adolescents Health” by Stephanie Stockburger, she brought up how online gaming can cause sleeping disorder. She describe that young males who play online games were found to have short REM sleep, longer sleep inactivity and a higher heart rate after playing (2). I do not believe I have an net compulsion, but I do believe that I spend most of my free time surfing the web looking at online stores. I would end up putting things into my cart and debate for a very long time if I do need the stuff. I could go hours and hours just looking at clothes, electronics, or any sales online, sometimes I end up spending money shopping online because of the deals they are having. Other times I just put the items into my cart and buy it spontaneously. Even though not spending thousands and thousands of dollars like those with net compulsion I still believe spending any kind of money online and buying things I do not need makes it feel like a net compulsion, I would also lose some sleep because of browsing through the …show more content…
In the book The Shallows, by Nicholas Carr he says “And so we ask the Internet to keep interrupting us, in ever more and different ways. We willingly accept the loss of concentration and focus, the division of our attention and the fragmentation of our thoughts, in return for the wealth of compelling or at least diverting information we receive. Tuning out is not an option many of us would consider” (Carr, 134). Carr is trying to tell us, that as humans people are willing to give up concentration for an attention siphon found in technology and not focus on anything else but technology. According to Beard and Wolf, the symptoms of the internet addiction include “‘Obsessive thought about the Internet, tolerance, diminished impulse control, inability to cease using the Internet, and withdrawal’” (Ma, Hing Keung 2). Studies believe the reason behind an internet addiction are signs of loneliness, depression, and lower self-esteem (Ayas,

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