Internet addiction is a very recent phenomenon but is already a cause for concern.Internet addiction is a mental condition characterized by excessive use of the internet, usually to the detriment of the user.
Addiction is generally understood to be a mental disorder involving compulsive behaviour. There is a range of behaviours that can be referred to as Internet addiction. Other terms for this addiction include Internet addiction disorder (IAD) and net addiction.Internet addiction is also known by numerous other terms, such as pathological internet use, internet dependency, problematic internet use, internet overuse and compulsive internet use. Internet addiction is a term that any layman can understand. That is because excessive internet usage is a common experience in daily life.
Internet addiction disorder is often characterized by people inching to form an emotional attachment with people and activities, all of them online. You may enjoy connecting to people more over the virtual interface instead of the real world; this usually stems from an inability to establish real human contact. I witness whenever there is internet ban in Kashmir, people especially teen-agers group behave like nuisance due to ban and repeatedly say Net kar gasi yele (When will internet restores).
The symptoms of internet addiction disorder are:
1. Excessive usage of the internet
2. Depression, mood swings and irritability if one doesnt get access to the internet
3. Any effort to reduce internet usage is usually unsuccessful
4. You may experience constant problems in personal relationships, education and your job due to incessant internet usage
5. A tendency of lying to close ones when they ask you how much time you spend over the internet
6. Using the internet to escape from real-world problems
Internet addiction can gradually isolate you. You may develop an aversion to meeting and communicate with people in real life. This can impair your social skills and make you socially awkward. This disorder also create problems in relationships as it can reduce the time you spend interacting personally.
Internet addiction may also lead you to create online personas to evade low self-esteem issues. This actually aggravates the problem instead of solving it; can result in severe anxiety and depression. Withdrawal symptoms might result in anxiety, depression, irritation and loneliness. This disorder can lead to complications such as dry eyes, headaches, change in sleep patterns and subsequent problems in falling asleep. Back pain from sitting upright while you are on the internet is also a very common problem.