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Internet Users Turn Addicts On June 14 ABC news reported that an internet-crazed Cincinnati woman was arrested for neglecting her three young children The woman reportedly spent 12 hours straight online while her hungry kids were locked away in one room so she could be online without interruption The three kids were placed in county custody while the mother was tossed in jail The Internet is rapidly becoming an addictive source to a lot of its users Users of the Internet include students housewives and business professionals Some of these Internet users spend a minimum of thirty-eight hours per week on the net hence losing touch with reality and reeking havoc on their studies family lives or careers Individuals such as these are classified as Internet Addicts Based on level of addiction there are three groups of Internet addicts i the Im-not-addicted users ii the I-only-use-it-when-I-have-to-users and iii the Internet junkies The Im-not-addicted users are the users who try to convince themselves that they are not addicted to the Internet This group includes college students who dont go online during the day to prove to fellow students that they can do without get ting online only to stay up all night in a chat room online Or businesspeople who stay after office hours to supposedly get a late report done only to stay online until the security guys ready to lock up the building Or husbands who stay offline al l day only to get online for hours after their family members are asleep These users are addicts but portray themselves otherwise in the presence of people Next are the I-only-use-it-when-I-have-to-users These users make convenient excuses to use the Internet Mothers who claim they have to visit their childs schools website to read the highlights of the last PTA meeting
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