How does Internet addiction affect children if at all?
Problematic internet useorpathological internet use, is generally defined as problematic, compulsive use of the internet, that results in significant impairment in an individual’s function in various life domains over a prolonged period of time. Young people are at particular risk of developing internet addiction disorder,with case studies highlighting students whose academic performance plummets as they spend more and more time online. Some also suffer health consequences from loss of sleep,as they stay up later and later to chat online, check for social network status updates or to reach the next game levels.
Excessive Internet use has not been recognised as a disorder by the, theor the(ICD-11). However, the diagnosis ofhas been included in theICD-11. Controversy around the diagnosis includes whether the disorder is a separate clinical entity, or a manifestation of underlying psychiatric disorders. Research has approached the question from a variety of viewpoints, with no universally standardised or agreed definitions, leading to difficulties in developing evidence based recommendations.
As adolescents (1219 years) and emerging adults (2029 years) access the Internet more than any other age groups and undertake a higher risk of overuse of the Internet, the problem of Internet behavior disorder is most relevant to young people.