Computers are considered to be one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century. As time goes on, computers have become more and more important in our lives. We use computers at school, at home, and at work and most of us can’t imagine life without them.
Although computer use has become an everyday activity in our lives, its excessive use can have negative effects such as failure in our relationships, school-work and responsibilities.
The internet itself is a tool created to help us research whatever subject we are interested in. It is quick, convenient and easy to use. However, there are some people who cannot control their desire to spend all their time in front of a computer. Internet addiction is a quickly growing phenomenon. According to the Pew Research Center, “Internet use in the USA alone has grown from just less than half of American adult in 2000 to about 59% of adults at the end of 2002, and studies suggest that nearly 6% of online users suffer from Internet addiction.” (Internet Addiction Kimberly S. Young, pag.402).
In her article “Internet Addiction”, Kimberly S. Young accuses the researchers that affirm the term addiction should be applied in reference to drug use. As the author herself puts it, “defining addiction has moved beyond this to include a number of behaviors that do not involve an intoxicant, such as compulsive gambling, video game playing, exercise, love relationships, and television viewing” (Internet Addiction Kimberly S. Young, p.404). Young suggests that it is very important make the difference between normal from pathological internet use. In the Paper presented at the 104th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association on the 15th of August 1996, Young states that even if the researches among scientists has not identified the addictive use of the Internet as a problematical behavior, some reports showed that online users are becoming addicted to the Internet as much as others are addicted to the drugs or alcohol.
Researchers like Walker, label Internet Addiction an fanatical and uncontrollable behavior, based on its similarities to gambling addiction and compulsive shopping, “since these disorders lack a chemical dependence”.(Addiction to the Internet and Online Gaming Brian D.NG, M,S and Peter Wiemer-Hastings, p.110). Shotton concludes...