What Makes the Internet Addictive?

Find out what makes the Internet so addictive to some that they become Internet addicts.

The Internet itself is a term which represents different types of functions that are accessible on-line. Generally speaking, Internet Addicts tend to form an emotional attachment to the on-line friends and activities they create inside their computer screens. They enjoy those aspects of the Internet which allowed them to meet, socialize, and exchange ideas with new people through highly interactive Internet applications (such as chatting, playing on-line games, or being involved with social networks). These virtual communities create a vehicle to escape from reality and seek out a means to fulfill an unmet emotional and psychological need.

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2008, December 22). What Makes the Internet Addictive?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 15 from

Last Updated: June 24, 2016

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