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Internet addiction

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Transcript of Internet addiction

Basic information
► Addiction in general
► Attraction to social media
Manifestations
Symptoms
3 phases of internet addiction
Consequences
Internet addiction measurements
Studies
Therapy
► 13 steps to stop internet addiction
► Video
Sources
Structure
Basic information
Health insurance companies do not see IA as an illness
Involves therapy and support groups
Problem: Computers and electronic media are part of everyday life
→Help with:
Time management
alternative activities
Little research on effectiveness
Get addict back to real life
Illness → curable
Therapy
Computer addiction
Information overload
Net compulsions
►Compulsive online gambling
►Excessive blogging
►Excessive online shopping
►Gaming addiction
Cyber-Relationship addiction
Cybersex addiction
Manifestations
Internet addiction
Mental
- Sleeping disorder
- Loss of job
- Divorce from partner / family
- Isolation → no friends anymore
- Depression

Physical
- Damage of the backbone
- Muscle degradation
- Vision decrease
- Excess weight / malnutrition
- Extremely low blood pressure / pulse
- Dry eyes
- Headaches
- Forget about the personal hygiene
Consequences
Symptoms
As an external person
The person:
- can not concentrate
- is irritable
- has a sleep disorder
- has less time for real life
- is often online

As a concerned person:
- Lie to family / friends → hide addiction
- Disregard of relationship / job / school
- Bad results at school / in the job
- Thinking about the Internet most of the time
- Internet is a fulfillment
China and Australia:
- more depression for obsessive web surfers
- Internet use and mental-health status
- moody, nervous, uncomfortable
- symptoms of anxiety and depression
- did not find out WHY pathological internet users are more depressed

Swansea and Milan Universities:
60 volunteers, average age 25
→addicted persons had increasing negative moods
→ "comedown"
Studies
Sources
Studies
www.healthyplace.com
www.suchthilfe-magazin.de
www.christoph-dornier-klinik.de
www.time.com
www.internetsucht.wordpress.com
www.addictionrecov.org
www.nippon.com
www.lebenshilfe-abc.de
www.helpguide.org
www.netaddiction.com
www.bewebaware.ca
www.mediasmarts.ca
www.wikihow.com
3 Phases of internet addiction
Phase of danger
3 symptoms over 6 months

Critical phase
4 symptoms over 6 months

Chronical phase
more than 4 symptoms over 6 months
Definition: losing the ability to stop going online
→impacts on other areas of your life – including relationships, emotions, social life, school, etc.
Discovered in 1995 by Dr. Ivan K. Goldberg
PIU is no accepted set of criteria for addiction
A common disorder
3% of the Worlds population are afflicted
→mostly teenagers
Addiction in general

Excessive use

Withdrawal

Negative repercussions to the behavior
Why are we so attracted to the social media we use today?
What social media wants to create an association with is every time you're bored, every time you have a few minutes. We know that, psychologically speaking, boredom is painful. Whenever you're feeling bored, whenever you have a few extra minutes, this is a salve for that itch.
- Nir Eyal
Shared interests & communication
►closeness and acceptance
Fulfills the basic human need for knowledge
It reduces boredom, feeds an addiction and aids in procrastination
13 steps to stop internet addiction
1. What is the reason for your Internet Addiction?
2. Make a journal
3. See a therapist
4. Seek help at a rehabilitation center
5. Call a hotline
6. Find a support group “Internet and Tech Addiction Anonymous”
7. Delete useless accounts
8. Turn off notifications
9. Make a plan
10. Set a timer
11. Buy or download an internet-blocking app
12. Talk to your friends
13. Develop new hobbies




Tips:

Don't give up!

Turn your computer off

Put the computer at a noticable place

Ask your friends for help
Internet addiction measurements
Internet Addiction Test (IAT)
►www.netaddiction.com/internet-addiction-test

Chen Internet Addiction Scale (CIAS)

Compulsive Internet Use Scale (CIUS)

Problematic and Risky Internet Use Screening Scale (PRIUSS)

Griffiths six criteria of Internet addiction
1 2 3 4 5
Salience
Mood modification
Tolerance
Withdrawal symptoms
Conflict
Relapse
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