Internet Addiction
by Kathryn Vercillo
February 2020, 190pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6606-7
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Internet addiction actually causes physical changes to the structure of the brain. A brain addicted to the internet looks the same as a brain addicted to cocaine.

The internet has transformed the world we live in, but it also poses new risks to our psychological well-being. This book provides an introduction to the issue of internet addiction, an increasingly common problem.

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
Kathryn Vercillo is a professional writer with more than a decade of online and print writing experience. She has a master’s degree in psychological studies. She has previously authored several books about the mental health benefits of crafting, including Crochet Saved My Life and Hook to Heal. Her interest in hands-on healing as a direct antidote to the problems that arise from internet addiction has allowed her to see firsthand how “going analog” can help.

Health and Medical Issues Today

From the latest developments in treatment to updates on public health threats, information about health and medicine impacts lives more directly than almost any other subject. Despite a wealth of coverage online and in print media, there is still an overwhelming need for a single source to which a reader can turn for accurate, current information on an issue of concern.

The series Health and Medical Issues Today provides just such one-stop resources for those seeking solid overviews of the most controversial and persisting issues in health and psychology. Each volume offers a balanced, in-depth introduction to the medical, scientific, legal, and cultural aspects of subjects ranging from obesity to sports medicine, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and tobacco use.
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