The internet refers basically to the worldwide interconnection of computer networks that use a standard protocol called internet protocol suite. The internet serves several billion people worldwide and has become the most preferred mode of communication between people from different parts of the world. This has led to it rampant usage and as much as it has noticeable benefits, its limitations cannot be overlooked either. Internet addiction in teenagers or to say adolescents has been estimated to be 12% in China, 19.4% in Korea and 8% in Greece approximately (Lin).
To start with, usage of the internet leads to addiction. While the time spend in the internet might be highly productive, compelling use of the internet can ultimately interfere with your work, the daily life, and a larger extent interfere with relationships. It leads to a disorder commonly known as Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD). It is commonly referred to internet overuse, which leads to, interference of daily normal life. This disorder has undergone several researches and valid data have been received supporting it. IAD covers a wide variety of impulse-control problems including the following (Walton);
• Cybersex addiction: This refers to uncontrollable use of the internet pornography, Adult sex chat rooms, or the fantasy role-play sites that will, therefore, affect real life intimate relationships.
• Information over-load: Irresistible internet usage for instance database searching, or web surfing leads to lower work productivity due to overreliance on the internet and also leads to less social interaction with friends and other family members.
• Computer addiction: over usage of the internet leads to addiction and excessive playing of online computer games and even obsessive computer programming.
• Net compulsions: overwhelming internet usage leads to compulsive the online gaming and even leads to compulsive use of the online auction sites for instance eBay, which often results, in job-related and financial problems.
The use of the internet is also tied to some health concerns one of them being depression. Heavy use of the internet results in various mental problems on individuals. Studies have shown that over usage of the internet by teenagers disrupts the brains’ nerve wiring causing a level of brain damage normally seen in individuals who abuse heavy substances. Being constantly hooked on behavior, such as the internet can be physically damaging as addiction to alcohol and drugs, the scientists believe (Lin).
Unhealthy use of the internet to the extent that it impairs personal relationships with family members is very tragic and when denied access to the internet or their computers, they experience distress that leads to depression and some withdrawal symptoms that include obsessive thoughts, tremors and even involuntary typing movements of fingers among others. Research on internet addiction has mainly focused on psychological assessments...