Internet Addiction Essay

1560 Words Mar 10th, 2013 7 Pages
Internet Addiction

In today's world, most Americans use the internet daily for daily needs. It has become very common to go online because it makes research and socializing easier. The internet is a great place for social networking and meeting or communicating with people across the world. Nicholas Carr, author of the article “Is Google Making Us Stupid”, claims that using the internet can make people less intelligent. After spending a number of days researching on the topic of internet use, I have came to agree with Carr. I not only agree with him, that using the internet does make internet users less intelligent, I also believe that using the internet too often can make a person addicted to the internet. Once a person is addicted to
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To look over everything we now know about the internet, we are not only becoming “stupid” because of using the internet, but if we become addicted to it, we are eventually going to become mentally ill. It is sad to see that so many people are already addicted to the internet and do not admit to it. They lie to themselves and it only makes it worse.
Internet addiction is not an actual diagnosis, it is only a problem. Although it is only a problem, it can cause impairment or distress. Expert Weinstein Aviv believes that there are four components that have been suggested essential to the diagnosis. “1) excessive Internet use, often associated with a loss of sense of time or a neglect of basic drives, 2) withdrawal, including feelings of anger, tension, and/or depression when the computer is inaccessible, 3) tolerance, including the need for better computer equipment, more software, or more hours of use, and 4) adverse consequences, including arguments, lying, poor school or vocational achievement, social isolation, and fatigue” (278). These are all effects caused by internet addiction, proving that using the internet often is not only making us less intelligent, but also creates mental and psychological problems as well. Reading this list of components, a few people that I personally know came to mind. These people spend countless amounts of days playing games on the

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