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Internet Addiction

Internet addiction results in personal, family, academic, financial, and occupational problems that are characteristic of other addictions.  Internet addiction starts when the rest of a person's life falls apart because of excessive online activity

 

Similar to other addictions, those suffering from Internet addiction use the virtual fantasy world to connect with real people through the Internet, as a substitution for real-life human connection, which they are unable to achieve normally.

 

Some suffering from Internet addiction may create on-line personas or profiles where they are able to alter their identities and pretend to be someone other than himself or herself.  Those at highest risk for creation of a secret life are those who suffer from low-self esteem feelings of inadequacy, and fear of disapproval.  Such negative self-concepts lead to clinical problems of depression and anxiety.


Stern Center for Successful Solutions
Rae Louise Stern, L.M.S.W., A.C.P., L.M.F.T.
 
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