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Internet Addiction Disorder Causes Symptomsand Consequences The growing body of research in the area of addiction suggests that Internet Addiction Disorder a psychophysiological disorder involving tolerance withdrawal symptoms affective disturbances and interruption of social relationships is a presenting problem that is becoming more common in society as on-line usage increases by the day With the growing importance of the Internet in everyday life more and more people are accessing various on-line resources each day The World Wide Web is informative convenient resourceful and fun For some people though--the addicted--these benefits are becoming detriments There are varying opinions on the subject especially among those who utilize the Internet Some say that the Internet can be addicting to the point that it disturbs ones life and the lives of those around him Others say that there is no such thing as Internet Addiction Disorder-- getting pleasure out of a computer is not the same as getting pleasure from cocaine or any other drug Whether there is or is not a bona fide disorder the Internet is disrupting many peoples lives Who is to blame for this disorder Is it the WWW companies or is it the individual Whichever if either the solution is not to outlaw the Internet as with psychoactive drugs Simple methods of prevention do exist that can reduce the negative effects of Internet use To be diagnosed as having Internet Addiction Disorder a person must meet certain criteria as prescribed by the American Psychiatric Association Three or more of these criteria must be present at any time during a twelve month period 1 Tolerance This refers to the need for increasing amounts of time on the Internet to achieve satisfaction andor significantly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of time
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