Internet Addiction and Online Addiction
By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. May 27, 1999, Last updated: March 4, 2016 A resource for objective, useful informationabout Internet addiction, a theorized disorder.Is the Internet Addiction Test valid? What is Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD)? Researchers still can't tell you exactly what Internet Addiction Disorder is, also know by the term "Pathological Internet Use" (PIU). The original research into this disorder began with exploratory surveys, which cannot establish causal relationships between specific behaviors and their cause. Do some people have problems with spending too much time online? What most people online who think they are addicted are probably suffering from is the desire to not want to deal with other problems in their lives. What some very few people who spend time online without any other problems present may suffer from is compulsive over-use. Case studies, the alternative to surveys used for many conclusions drawn about online overuse, are just as problematic.
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