According to our readings and latest class discussion, Internet addiction is a serious problem that psychologists claim many people have. However, it is not very recent. It has started in 1995. However, what is it really that makes a person an internet addict?
If you are the type of person that spends hours on Facebook or any other form of social media, you have nothing to worry about. You are not considered a person with the internet-use disorder.
A group of psychologists in Australia say that adults are very unlikely to have internet-use disorder. It is most common among children, especially when gaming online. If a kid gets angry or irritated beyond normal when his laptop or smartphone is taken away from him, then this behavior is most likely the cause of a internet-use disorder.
“With kids, gaming is an obvious issue,” Professor Mike Kyrios, of Swinburne University of Technology, told the Sydney Morning Herald. “But overall, technology use could be a potential problem.”
It is up to the parents to notice whether the behavior with their children and the internet is abnormal. And if it is, immediate action must be taken. We must be afraid of the next generation being too dependent or even addicted to technology.