Internet Addiction is the obsessive and compulsive use of the internet and all its forms. These include social media or social networking sites, virtual gaming and gambling, online communities, chat-rooms, blogging, web-surfing etc. Excessive internet use can be considered addictive when it interferes with one’s daily life (ex; work, school, relationships, finances, sleep, diet, or hygiene). Internet Addiction can be characterized by compulsive behaviors toward the Internet, regardless of the negative consequences impacting one’s life.
Internet Addiction may be a substitution for real-life human connection. It is common for those with internet Addiction to struggle with “real life” situations and they often find an escape in chat-rooms, social-networking, web-surfing or playing games. Many internet addicts value their online relationships more than those relationships in real-life. They often experience a strong sense of community online rather than in their physical world. They may create a profile or identity they believe can’t be portrayed in real-life.