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What is an internet addiction? Is it real?

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4 doctors agree

In brief: New phenomenon

Internet addiction can be used to describe some people who spend an excessive amount of time on line, are unable to limit the time they spend on the net, and have family or social problems as a result of the " addiction".
Unlike drug or alcohol addiction, internet addiction may be a form of obsessive compulsive disorder in some people. In others, it could be a way of avoiding people/ socialization.

In brief: New phenomenon

Internet addiction can be used to describe some people who spend an excessive amount of time on line, are unable to limit the time they spend on the net, and have family or social problems as a result of the " addiction".
Unlike drug or alcohol addiction, internet addiction may be a form of obsessive compulsive disorder in some people. In others, it could be a way of avoiding people/ socialization.
Dr. Brandon Riesenmy
Dr. Brandon Riesenmy
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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Addiction= disease

Yes. Check on the questions posted on this site.
Many who post are concerned about their use of the internet.

In brief: Addiction= disease

Yes. Check on the questions posted on this site.
Many who post are concerned about their use of the internet.
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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In brief: It is

Internet addiction is the subject of new research.
"behavioral addictions" altogether (e.g., gambling, pornography, sex...) is relatively new and remains the topic of some debate. But imo it is clear that behavioral addictions, including to the internet and/or its content can become severely damaging to people's lives. In my experience it is best dealt with by an addiction expert. Ask your md.

In brief: It is

Internet addiction is the subject of new research.
"behavioral addictions" altogether (e.g., gambling, pornography, sex...) is relatively new and remains the topic of some debate. But imo it is clear that behavioral addictions, including to the internet and/or its content can become severely damaging to people's lives. In my experience it is best dealt with by an addiction expert. Ask your md.
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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