There’s something different, and more complicated, about Internet addiction, though. Unlike gambling or even trichotillomania, it’s more difficult to pin down a quantifiable, negative effect of Internet use. With problematic gambling, you’re losing money and causing harm to yourself and your loved ones. But what about symptoms like those of a woman I’ll call Sue, who is a patient of Potenza? A young college student, Sue first came to Potenza at the behest of her parents, who were becoming increasingly concerned about the changes in their daughter. A good—and social—student in high school, she found herself depressed, skipping or dropping classes, foregoing all college extracurricular activities, and, increasingly, using the Internet to set up extreme sexual encounters with people she had never met in real life. Sue spends the majority of her time online social networking, but does that mean that she has a problem with the Internet or with managing her social life and her sex life? What if she were obsessively online, for the rest of her life, but learning languages or editing Wikipedia?
The Internet, after all, is a medium, not an activity in and of itself. If you spend your time gambling online, maybe you have a gambling addiction, not an Internet addiction. If you spend your time shopping online, maybe it’s a shopping addiction. “Some people have posited that the Internet is a vehicle and not a target of disorder,” Potenza said. Can you be addicted to a longing for virtual connectivity in the same way that you can be addicted to a longing for a drink?
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The situation today is the Internet misuse, and those who are exposed the most are teenagers, because in adolescence is when we are most vulnerable and manipulable....
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[tags: Internet Addiction Essays]
And most of the time, people associate technology as our phones and computers, but its everywhere, making our cars go farther on less fuel, providing better health care to those in need, and even making your morning coffee.