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Internet Related Disorders – What Causes Internet Addiction?

Quality of life is a fairly old concept dating back to at least the classical philosopher Aristotle, although certainly, the polymath Aristotle equated the concept of a good life or doing tasks well with happiness, instead of what we currently call quality of life. There is a lot of talk these days about mental health and wellness and the so-called problems of neuroticism and addictive behavior. This is especially important when we talk about Internet addiction and how this may be harming our quality of life, in general.

Thus, despite the fact that new technologies have represented a transcendental advance in the way of life of our time, facilitating and simplifying tasks that in another time were tremendously complex or even took up a lot of time, today, Internet, computer and mobile use are ingrained in contemporary society that have changed the way we live our lives more than any other technological means. Despite this, we still know relatively little about the effects of Internet addiction on our psychological functioning, mental health, and general well-being.

Although we may believe that browsing the web or watching videos on various topics on YouTube is a relatively harmless act, there are some people who spend so much time using their mobile or computer that it has begun to interfere with their daily lives. When an action or a desire becomes an obstacle that takes precedence over the most important aspects of life (relationships, work, school), that is when we can classify it as an addiction.

Professionals who recognize Internet addiction tend to classify it as obsessive-compulsive disorder or impulse control disorder to aid treatment. We could define Internet addiction as a deterioration in the control of the use of the network that manifests itself as a set of behavioral, cognitive and physiological symptoms, due to excessive use of the Internet, something that causes a marked distortion of individual, family or professional objectives. But how many types of Internet-related disorders are there? Why are they produced?

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