The core components of teen Internet addiction are similar to those of any other addiction or compulsion. Internet addiction is described as an impulse control disorder, which does not involve use of an intoxicating drug.

Similar to other addictions, teens suffering from Internet addiction use the virtual fantasy world to connect with real people through the Internet, as a substitution for real-life human connection, which they are unable to achieve normally.

WARNING SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF INTERNET ADDICTION

  • ON-LINE LONGER THAN ORIGINALLY INTENDED.
  • FALLING BEHIND IN HOMEWORK
  • USE OF THE INTERNET IS A WAY TO ESCAPE FROM PROBLEMS
  • INCREASINGLY GIVING UP REAL LIFE SOCIAL TIME WITH FRIENDS
  • INCREASED AGGRESSION WHEN ONLINE ACTIVITIES ARE INTERRUPTED
  • PREOCCUPATION WITH THE INTERNET
  • INCREASED AMOUNTS OF TIME SPENT ON INTERNET TO ACHIEVE SATISFACTION
  • FATIGUE OR LACK OF ENERGY
  • DIFFICULTY CONCENTRATING
  • FEELINGS OF RESTLESSNESS, MOODINESS, DEPRESSION, OR IRRITABILITY ¬†AGGRESSION