When it comes to the Internet, by and large we don’t think about addiction. But a serious body of psychiatrists, sociologists, even government officials, are emphasizing the risks and consequences of excessive internet habits. The web of today looks nothing like the screeching dial-up modems and laggy load screens of ten to fifteen years ago. Instead, we demand high speed connections and a stream of daily distractions. For many people, using the internet is akin to a reflex, a near constant. As more and more people burn through their days with aimless, unproductive hours of internet surfing, the language of addiction feels necessary.
With a recent string of research proving the physical and neurological damage of internet addiction, the disorder has become less a vague rumor and more a threatening condition. While we are still in the early days of identifying and treating internet addiction, there is undoubtedly a push to further our understanding of this new affliction.
Our infographic captures many of these worries. The graphic works to better define and then identify internet addiction and its presumed symptoms. In addition, many of the latest statistics help frame the prevalence and growth driving internet addiction into the spotlight.