Concept and What is: Internet Addiction | Psychology

Today, with the increasing expansion of new virtual technologies, also intensifies a new phenomenon, the compulsion or addiction to the Internet. Cases like this are already in the list of mental illnesses that require psychiatric treatment. Many scholars now consider this addiction as harmful as that of narcotic substances, tobacco, alcohol and gambling.

Staying too long in front of a computer often brings unimaginable implications because the ciberviciado can even be put to death for his compulsive behavior. This is because it usually develops serious diseases such as thrombosis Bent Deep, which can trigger a pulmonary embolism, usually fatal disorder.

In addition, the fanatical surfer Web has commonly, your life severely affected, especially in the family, affective and professional levels since it becomes obsessive over the network. Every moment, fascinating and tempting novelties emerge on the Internet, even more entangled in this seductive universe older browsers, and attracting new members of the virtual web. This gives rise to an increasing number of ciberviciados.

Several psychiatrists consider that stay long on the virtual machine transmitting and receiving e-mails, exchanging shares, virtually talking or working, you can configure Internet addiction. Surely this person needs psychiatric treatment.

But what are the signs of the presence of this picture? It can be said that the incessant fixation on being connected to the network, minimize the time it is connected to the Web, trying to hide what you are looking for on the Internet, stay away from social life, experience back pain and weight gain are some symptoms of this phenomenon.

In the United States this issue has become a concern for specialists in psychiatry, because the index of compulsive Internet is growing too. 189 million users, 6% to 10% were diagnosed as having this addiction. This dependence generates increasing the 'ciberviúvas', ie those who have lost husbands or boyfriends victims of organic or emotional consequences of this dependence; and the 'ciberadultério', a phenomenon that allows the maintenance of virtual lovers.

In a culture that supports the superficiality and the generality of all, the affective interactions also become fleeting and transient, replacing the more ingrained and closely connected. This treadmill, people end up lowering the esteem and unsafe, they hide increasingly in virtual scenes, away from the concrete face that life demands.

In addition to the risks of infidelity on the Web, one of the most critical cases of compulsion on the Internet, other attractions sought by compulsive are the famous' chats, instant messaging, video games, betting sites, auction and shopping. Several scholars have list this dependency in the same stage of gravity which is the consumption of substances such as heroin, crack, cocaine, among others. These dependent feature, in most cases, incidence of depression and anxiety, as well as experiencing severe problems in the home environment.
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