Yes, there is now a term for all of that obsessive clicking, checking, texting, Like-ing, uploading and commenting: It’s called Internet Addiction Disorder, which is characterized by “repetitive, compulsive, and uncontrolled use” of the Internet.
Wait, doesn’t that pretty much describe all of us at this point? Not exactly. While many of us are definitely guilty of over-reliance on our mobile devices (Americans now spend more time on their smartphones and tablets than TV), the true definition of someone with IAD surpasses even your average text-obsessed teen (who according to a Pew Study, sends an average of more than 100 text per day, 34 of those after parents think they have gone to sleep!)
Instead, the condition is more narrowly defined. Here are the three characteristics of IAD, which experts say affects approximately 8% of the U.S. population:
1. A constantly increasing need to engage with the object of the addiction
2. Strong negative feelings associated when unable to access the object of the addiction
3. Repetitive, compulsive and uncontrolled use which interferes with relationships, social occasions, school or work
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