Jun - 27 - 2016

What Causes Internet Addiction in Adults?

While Internet addiction is slowly but surely becoming recognised as a genuine illness, it remains one of the most difficult of all addictions to spot. The reason being that it’s not exactly uncommon for adults and teenagers alike these days to spend almost every waking minute of every day glued to all manner of devices. This in turn makes it extremely tricky to draw the line between what’s now considered ‘normal’ Internet use and genuinely problematic behavior.  Which is precisely why it often isn’t until problems become somewhat advanced that they are brought to the attention of the professionals.

Harley street addiction counselling services are right now dealing with more cases of advanced Internet addiction than ever before. But one of the most important questions of all is that of why exactly some people develop harmful Internet addictions, while others seem somewhat immune? As for the answer…well, there really is no concrete answer as it all comes down to the fact that each and every person the world over is entirely unique. Nevertheless, there are certain known triggers of Internet addiction that are more common than others, which include the following examples:

Constant Availability

As far as the experts are concerned, the single biggest contributor to most cases of Internet addiction is nothing more than the fact that it is constantly available.  Shockingly, a study carried out in the United States recently by ABC News found that somewhere in the region of 5% of all Internet users display the signs and symptoms of Internet addiction. And that is a figure that’s only expected to continue climbing over the years and decades to come, as the public in general lives more of its life constantly connected to the Internet. The simple fact of the matter is that if we are given the ability to freely and reliably use the Internet practically a 24/7 basis, that’s exactly what a great many people will do. The only problem being that while most are able to retain control and balance their Internet activities with their real lives, others aren’t so fortunate.

Real-World Refuge

In many instances, the Internet provides something of a private and sacred sanctuary for those who for any given reason are not particularly happy with their real lives. It could be that they have problems with their families, workplace problems, difficulties with meeting new people or living every day with feelings of relentless loneliness. In extreme cases, it may be that the individual in question has lived through a traumatic experience and summarily found themselves unable to face the outside world. The thing is, in each one of these instances the Internet can be a truly fantastic resource for helping build confidence and generally gain strength. Nevertheless, when used excessively and compulsively as a refuge from the real world, its consumers spiral into full-blown addiction.

Depression and Anxiety

It’s also known that those with a history of anxiety or depression tend to be much more likely than others to become addicted to the Internet. Just as in the case above, the Internet often becomes one of if not the only source of happiness for those going through difficult times. Social media helps build connections with other people, a world of online entertainment serves as a welcome distraction – all of which can become consuming over time.

Online Gaming

Another of the most common causes of Internet addiction these days is online gaming – and not only the kind of gaming that involves playing for money. Of course, online casinos and betting sites are known to have had a quite enormous impact on gambling addiction rates across dozens of countries. Nevertheless, the ability to play a wide variety of video games 100% free of charge with other players from all over the world on a 24/7 basis has also led to more teenagers and adults than ever before developing problematic compulsions.

Internet Pornography

Last but not least, the Internet has been blamed in large on a global basis for an exponential increase in the number of adults with pornography addictions.  Once cast to one side as a non-serious condition, pornography addiction is now recognised as potentially life-affecting and dangerous. Again, experts state that it is simply a case of having everything readily available at any time of day or night, without having to pay a penny to view most of the material available online. This has inevitably led to a scenario where hundreds of thousands of adults of all ages have entirely lost control over their pornography viewing habits and summarily developed full-blown addictions to the Internet.




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