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In a single case study, Young (1996b) indicates also two risk criteria increasing the probability to develop IAD: (i) the type of application used on internet; (ii) the “high” sense of excitement when using internet.

Social relationships have dramatically changed since the time when Young (1996a) begun to assess the internet addiction disorder (IAD). Internet addiction in Korean adolescents and its relation to depression and suicidal ideation: a questionnaire survey.

Young (1996a) compared drugs and internet addictions and equated the IAD to the impulse control disorder (Young, 1996a, 1998; Young and Rogers, 1998).

For the authors the main point was that both pathologies (IAD and the family of the impulse control disorders) share a common factor: the inability to control the use of something, whether it is internet or a drug.

Most importantly, the inability itself interferes with the normal functioning of the individual (Davis, 2001; Young and Rogers, 1998).

Nowdays it is difficult to determine what is pathological with internet use. Decreased functional brain connectivity in adolescents with Internet addiction. doi: 10.1371/0057831 Pub Med Abstract | Cross Ref Full Text | Google Scholar Jiang, Q., and Leung, L. Effects of individual differences, awareness-knowledge, and acceptance of Internet addiction as a health risk on willingness to change Internet habits.