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Internet Addiction Opinion Essay

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17. Young KS. Internet addiction: the emergence of a new clinical disorder. CyberPsychology & Behavior. 1998 Fal ;1(3 ):237–44.

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29. Young KS, Nabuco de Abreu C. Internet Addiction: A handbook and guide to evaluation and treatment. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons Inc; 2011.

30. Young KS, Griffin-Shelley E, Cooper A, O'Mara J, Buchanan J. Online infidelity: A new dimension in couple relationships with implications for evaluation and treatment. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity. 2000;7(1-2 ):59–74.

31. Cooper A, Putnam DE, Planchon LA, Boies SC. Online sexual compulsivity: getting tangled in the net. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity. 1999;6(2 ):79–104.

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51. Bostwick JM, Bucci JA. Internet sex addiction treated with naltrexone. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2008;83(2 ):226–30.[PubMed]

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53. Lanjun Z. The applications of group mental therapy and sports exercise prescriptions in the intervention of Internet addiction disorder. Psychological Science (China) 2009 May;32(3 ):738–41.

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59. Kim J-U. The effect of a R/T group counseling program on the Internet addiction level and self-esteem of Internet addiction university students. International Journal of Reality Therapy. 2008 Spr; 27(2 ):4–12.

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Internet addiction goes by many names: Internet Dependency, Internet Compulsivity, and Internet Use Disorder. By any name, an addiction to the Internet completely controls the addict’s life, and causes the Internet to become a priority over family and friends. Similar to drug addictions, the Internet provides a “high” feeling, which addicts become dependent on. Internet addiction is divided into three categories: excessive gaming, sexual preoccupation, and e-mail/text messaging addiction (Medindia 1). No matter the type of addiction a person falls into, every addict traces their addiction to a core problem within their lives. The Internet provides solace to teens, as it allows them to create a desirable image online of themselves, lets…show more content…

With that in mind, the Internet really is no better than drugs or alcohol, when used as means to escape reality. There are various ways to go about helping someone to turn away from the Internet, and gain real confidence. One must affirm the valuable qualities of the teen undergoing this problem, and help the teen to see past superficial beauty, or talent, or whatever their core self-esteem issue may be. Another solution is to encourage the teen to participate in extracurricular activities, and get involved in some project where they do not have time to sit around and constantly worry about their lack of confidence. Parents of teens can also have a strong effect on the confidence of a teen, by building a strong relationship with their teens. The last resolution is to obtain counseling for the teen, but this solution should only be used in extreme cases (cgolembi 1). Along with the first Internet issue, teens also use the Internet to escape from the problems in their life, such as poor relationships, peer pressure, etc. “Like addiction to drugs and alcohol, the internet offers children and adolescents a way to escape painful feelings or troubling situations. They sacrifice needed hours of sleep to spend time online and withdraw from family and friends to escape into a comfortable online world that they have created and shaped.” (iKeepSafe 2). Many teens have grown up in poor family situations, and the relationship between them and their

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