Internet Addiction And Low Self-Esteem, Depression

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I wanted to come up with a useful and accurate definition of internet addiction to guide me as I continue my research. I also wanted to discover if it is possible to treat the disorder and if so, what is the best way to go about it. I found each of my sources useful in different ways. Some of them helped me to pin

down what exactly internet addiction is, although a definitive description is still something I 'm

working on. Some of them backed up my theories on the causes of and reasons for the

occurrence of internet addiction.

The Ayas and Horzum article article studied the relationship between misuse of the internet and low self esteem, depression and loneliness. The authors showed that excessive internet use by adolescents adversely
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Resting functional MRIs were obtained and the results compared. The authors found that
“internet addiction is associated with a widespread and significant decrease of functional connectivity in cortico-striatal circuits” in the brain. I had not given a lot of thought to actual physical brain changes in addicted individuals prior to reading this article, but now I definitely want to know more. King et al. contend that internet addiction is a true psychological disorder and believe that it should be included in the DSM V. In their article, they discuss the uses and effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy for treating internet addiction. They state that while specific courses of treatment have not been developed for internet addiction, treatment for similar addictions such as gambling look promising for internet addiction as well. I have long thought that CBT would be a good treatment for internet addiction and this article backs up what I have learned so far on the subject. Littell and Girvin discuss the stages of change that apply to virtually any behavior, including, in my opinion, the behavior of internet misuse. These stages are
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wanted to “explore the association between internet addiction symptoms, body image esteem, body image avoidance, and disordered eating.” They refer to self-presentational theory, in which the internet allows users to control their image in a way that they are unable to “in real life.” They used a sample of 392 young adults, 68% women, who filled out a questionnaire about their internet habits. A strong correlation was found between internet addiction and negative body image. This supports my theory that people with negative self images, and who have difficulty in social situations, often turn to the internet because they can be whoever they want to be online. The authors used various methods such as random sampling, interviews, questionnaires, and case studies in writing their article. I liked the fact that I was able to learn about a number of different methods and techniques in the course of writing this paper. Weinstein and Lejoyeux attempt to define internet addiction in this article. The part of the definition which I found to mirror my thoughts was that internet addicts “may use the Internet for extended periods, isolating themselves from other forms of social contact, and focus almost entirely on the Internet rather than broader life events.” I have found that this is the aspect of internet addiction that I find most concerning: Not so much that they use the internet a lot, but that they replace other forms of social contact with it. They go on to say

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