Problem Of Internet Addiction

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The Internet is a global network connecting millions of computers and is being incorporated as part of our everyday life because the usage of internet has been rising worldwide. People from all ages use the internet whether it is at home, work or schools in order to get work done, get news from all over the world and also to find entertainment. In 2005, a research conducted by Wieland reported that 9 - 15 million people in the United States used the internet daily and in every three months the rate of use would increase by 25%. Because of this constant usage of internet, internet addiction is becoming a serious problem especially among youths and young adults. Internet addiction was defined by Young (1996) as an impulse-control disorder…show more content…
According to the statistics by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), depression is known to be the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44.3. The data showed that it affects almost 6.7 percent of the U.S population from the age of 18 and above in a year. It was also shown that depression tends to be more prevalent in women than in men. According to the DSM-5, which is a manual that is used to diagnose many types of mental disorders, depression occurs when an individual have at least five of the following symptoms at the same time which is; having a depressed mood during most of the day, fatigue or loss of energy almost every day, feelings of worthlessness or guilt almost every day, impaired concentration, indecisiveness, insomnia or hypersomnia almost every day, noticeable diminished interest or pleasure in almost all activities nearly every day, recurring thoughts of death or suicide, a sense of restlessness or being slowed down and significant weight loss or weight gain. There also has been a relationship between depression and Internet addiction. When a person has an unpleasant day or event, they will find a way to forget about the entire problem or to release the stress they have. Internet is the place where they can express it out because internet is easy to get access to. The feeling of depression can be relieved in a short period of time when they get access to the internet. The internet can become a way for people to express their feelings of depression, but overusing it by spending too much time logging on to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube can make things go bad. The downside of it is that, Internet addiction can lead to depression when a person cling or depend on the internet too
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