Internet Addiction: A Brief Summary of Research and Practice. IJERPH | Free Full-Text | Online Social Networking and Addiction—A Review of the Psychological Literature | HTML. 1. Introduction “I’m an addict. I just get lost in Facebook” replies a young mother when asked why she does not see herself able to help her daughter with her homework.
Instead of supporting her child, she spends her time chatting and browsing the social networking site . This case, while extreme, is suggestive of a potential new mental health problem that emerges as Internet social networks proliferate. Newspaper stories have also reported similar cases, suggesting that the popular press was early to discern the potentially addictive qualities of social networking sites (SNS; i.e., [2,3]).
Such media coverage has alleged that women are at greater risk than men for developing addictions to SNSs . The mass appeal of social networks on the Internet could potentially be a cause for concern, particularly when attending to the gradually increasing amounts of time people spend online . Egocentrism has been linked to Internet addiction . 3. 3.1. 3.2. 3.3. 3.4. 3.5. 3.6. 4. Facebook Addiction' Activates Same Brain Areas As Drugs; How Social Media Sites Hook You In. The 2014 social media update from the Pew Research Center showed Facebook continues to be the most popular of the social media sites. Though platform growth has slowed, the level of user engagement has increased, researchers said.
Seventy percent of Facebook users engage with the site daily while 45 percent do so several times a day — a 63 percent increase from 2013. More importantly, Facebook has significant overlap with other platforms. Fifty-two percent of online adults use two or more social media sites, another significant increase from 2013. But, are these increased numbers a sign of enjoyment or addiction? Scientists have been investigating the idea of Facebook addiction for years now. It’s the element of compulsion that a new study published in the journal Psychological Reports: Disability and Trauma reinforces. Even so, Live Science reported this study was limited. Emotions Go Viral on Facebook. Feeling down? Happy? Angry? No matter how you're feeling, you can now blame it on your friends' most recent Facebook posts. A new study published on March 12 in the journal PLOS ONE discovered that emotions can spread via Facebook.
While positive Facebook posts tend to generate other positive posts, negative posts tend to generate negative ones. But here's the good news: Positive posts tend to be more "contagious" than the negative variety. "For every one happy message that you write, our study suggests that your friends who live in other cities will be influenced by that to write an additional one or two posts themselves," said study author James Fowler, a professor at the University of California, San Diego.
"That means that these emotions that you're feeling and expressing aren't just felt by you, they're felt by your friends as well," Fowler told Live Science. Emotional contagion Previous research has shown that emotions, whether positive or negative, can indeed be contagious. Facebook Emotions Are Contagious. Could reading a cheerful or depressing post on Facebook influence your own mood? Apparently so, according to a new study conducted by the social networking company. When Facebook removed positive posts from the news feeds of more than 680,000 users, those users made fewer positive posts and more negative ones.
Similarly, when negative posts were removed, the opposite occurred. The findings provide experimental evidence that emotions can be contagious, even without direct interaction or nonverbal cues, the researchers say. "These results indicate that emotions expressed by others on Facebook influence our own emotions," the authors wrote in the study published June 17 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Contagious moods The idea that emotional states can spread among people without their awareness, known as emotional contagion, has been shown before in laboratory experiments. Cyber emotion Copyright 2014 LiveScience, a TechMediaNetwork company. 36.pdf. Symptoms - Internet Addiction - Internet Addiction. Julia Bursten & Mark Dombeck, Ph.D. Updated: Apr 16th 2004 Internet addiction is not recognized as a formal mental health disorder. However, mental health professionals who have written about the subject note symptoms or behaviors that, when present in sufficient numbers, may indicate problematic use.
These include: Preoccupation with the Internet: User often thinks about the Internet while he or she is offline. Compulsive Internet use - Melvin - Oct 9th 2014 [I have taken the time and liberty to improve (in my opinion) this part or section of your article. Symptoms of Internet addiction (Compulsive Internet use) 'Internet addiction' is not recognized as a formal mental health disorder. Preoccupation with the Internet: User often thinks about the Internet while he or she is offline.Loss of control: Addicted/Compulsive users feel unable or unwilling to get up from the computer and walk away. Former internet addict - - Mar 2nd 2013 yea na - - Dec 15th 2010 Thank you! Parents! Wow.. Thanks. Differential Psychological Impact of Internet Exposure on Internet Addicts.
Abstract The study explored the immediate impact of internet exposure on the mood and psychological states of internet addicts and low internet-users. Participants were given a battery of psychological tests to explore levels of internet addiction, mood, anxiety, depression, schizotypy, and autism traits. They were then given exposure to the internet for 15 min, and re-tested for mood and current anxiety. Internet addiction was associated with long-standing depression, impulsive nonconformity, and autism traits. High internet-users also showed a pronounced decrease in mood following internet use compared to the low internet-users. The immediate negative impact of exposure to the internet on the mood of internet addicts may contribute to increased usage by those individuals attempting to reduce their low mood by re-engaging rapidly in internet use.
Citation: Romano M, Osborne LA, Truzoli R, Reed P (2013) Differential Psychological Impact of Internet Exposure on Internet Addicts. Methods.