Internet addiction is a growing problem worldwide. The Korean government has declared Internet addiction a public health crisis, and both the Chinese and Korean governments have setup mandatory boot camps to wean internet-addicted citizens back into the offline world. See extensive Wired magazine article from 2010 where Internet Addiction is referred to as "one of China’s most feared public health hazards". Internet Addiction is a problem that is not going away, and the Chinese government continues to operate "Boot Camps" treating Internet Addiction. There are "Internet fasting camps" in Japan designed to ween children away from their addiction to the online world. WebJunkie, an interesting documentary released at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, further explores the problem in China. Internet Addiction is closely related to Internet Pornography Addiction and Internet Gaming Disorder.
New stories and issues regarding Internet Addiction are popping up regularly. I'll try to post some of the more interesting one's below:
- News: Chinese teen chops hand off to ‘cure’ internet addiction -
- PBS Front/Line special on Internet Addiction -
- Easy to read slideshow about Internet Addiction -
- 2014 Pew Research study about Couples, the Internet, and Social Media - not exactly addiction related, but interesting nonetheless to see how chronic use of the internet can impact our relationships.
My Doctoral Project/Dissertation was on the topic of Internet Addiction and the DSM-5. The paper includes several hundred academic articles on this and related topics. In the conclusion of the paper, I offer several speculations as to why the diagnosis has not yet been accepted by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).