The Causes And Effects Of Internet Addiction And The Internet

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The growth of technology has sparked a new addiction all across the globe. Many youths have suffered from the epidemic of Internet Addiction Disorder, commonly known as Problematic Internet Use. It took the internet only 4 years to reach an audience of 50 million. (15 Amazing Facts about the Internet 1) The Information Age has officially taken over everyday lives. Although the internet can be utilized for education, it makes things too easy for us. “While we used to have to think about things and actually come up with answers on our own, today whenever we need answers we just type the question into a search engine and press Enter.” (Price NP) The internet is too easy to get addicted too and can cause serious consequences on everyday life. …show more content…
Addiction to online gaming is the fastest growing problem, especially among youth.” (Internet Addiction 1) Online gaming addiction affects up to 5,000,000 children. (Internet Addiction Disorder Basics 1) Not only does this addiction impact children, it influences everyone, including adults. “Internet addiction affects as many as one in eight Americans.” (Donald 1) With technology ever expanding, the problem is most likely to get worse. It is widely believed that America has the biggest problem with internet use. But, China has a more extensive complication. 200 million internet users in China are between the ages of 15 and 35. China has even set up treatment camps for internet addicts. (De 1) Many people who play videogames agree that they are addicting. But, what they don’t know is they’re falling into a trap. “One of the main reasons video games are so addictive is they are designed to be that way. Video game designers are looking to make a profit.” (Video Game Addiction Symptoms, Causes, Effects 1) So, as the designers are making their money, users are losing theirs. …show more content…
Sleep disturbances could involve insomnia or breaking your REM cycle. Interrupted or impaired sleep can increase your risk of heart disease and raise your blood pressure along with many other things. Excessive internet use may also create a heightened level of psychological arousal, failure to eat for long periods of time and limited physical activity. (The Effect of Psychiatric Symptoms on the Internet Addiction Disorder 1) Being on the internet could also cause eating too much with not enough exercise, causing an increase in weight. Weight gain may cause heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Since it is not rare for people with internet addiction disorder to spend up to 60 hours a week online, addicts could face serious physical repercussions. (Internet Addiction Disorder Basics

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