All day, every day, we are connected to the internet, putting most people at some level of risk for internet addiction. Problematic internet use can take many forms, including overuse of social media and addictions to online shopping, gaming, or pornography. Such behaviors can cause anxiety, depression, sleep deprivation, loneliness, and physical health problems. People can lose their jobs and families, and in a few extreme cases, internet addiction has directly led to the death of the addicted individual or a child in their care.
Internet Addiction is the latest volume in Greenwood’s Health and Medical Issues Today series. Part I explores what internet addiction is, the many forms it can take, and the serious consequences it can have. Part II examines a number of controversies and issues, such as balancing the internet’s benefits against its addictive nature. Part III provides a variety of useful materials, including case studies, a timeline of critical events, and a directory of resources.
- Explores why the internet and other emerging technologies are so addictive, profiling the many forms problematic internet use can take and discussing who is most at risk
- Examines key issues and controversies related to problematic internet use, such as whether or not it should be labeled an addiction and who bears primary responsibility for preventing and combating its negative effects
- Offers illuminating case studies that use engaging real-world scenarios to highlight how internet addiction can arise, the effects it can have, and how it can be addressed
- Provides readers with a helpful Directory of Resources to guide their search for additional information