What Are The Risk Factors Involved With Internet Addiction?

Who is vulnerable to Internet addiction?

Trends in my study indicate that those most vulnerable to this obsession include women and men who already suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, low self-esteem, or the struggles with recovery from a prior addiction. Many Internet Addicts openly admit to having an "addictive personality" and previously abused prescription medication, alcohol, cigarettes, or food. A sub-group of individuals who suffer from sex addiction are at a greater risk to develop an addiction to the Internet as a disease-free way to fulfill their sexual needs. Their sole purpose for using the Internet is to engage in Cybersex or seek out readily available Cyberporn.

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In Caught in the NET, case studies reveal how these Internet users turn to newsgroups, chat rooms, or interactive games seeking temporary relief, only to find that the old problems they've been avoiding have stuck with them, exacerbated by their addiction to the Internet. Following each case study, intervention tools and new recovery strategies point the way toward curbing excessive Internet use while addressing the real-life problems behind it.

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Staff, H. (2009, January 4). What Are The Risk Factors Involved With Internet Addiction?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 21 from

Last Updated: June 24, 2016

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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