Valencia 1Cynthia ValenciaProfessor BanwartWRD 1045 March 2018Importance and Evolution of Internet AddictionAre you using your phone, or is your phone using you? Can you put it down? Can you fight the urge to use it? In recent years, internet addiction has been a worldwide problem among the youths. Many of them may end up staring at a screen for hours scrolling through never-ending feeds of social media without resting. These prolonged activities bring up many questionslike: How did we get to this point? How do you know you’ve become addicted? What are the causes and effects? These are only a few questions that come to mind when thinking about internet addiction and its progression into cell phone addiction. In order to fully wrap our heads around this progressing problem, we need to take a step back and look at facts. Internet addiction can be simply be described as an impulse control disorder, which does Abstract: This essay discusses the rising problematic issue being cell phone addition and the main focus is on the youth. I go more in-depth explaining how this issue became such an influential problem. It includes many perspectives and alarming statistics that will start to make you question your own cell phone usage. It explores what role parents, social media, doctors, and each individual play in the progression of this issue. Sources from books, scholarly journals, medical articles, and news media were used to develop the viewpoints instrumental to the problem. By evaluating multiple perspectives, the essay reveals the complexity of the issue and attempts to examine how internet addition progressed and became more profound when the focus is shifted to cell phone addiction.
Valencia 2not involve the use of an intoxicating drug and is very similar to pathological gambling (“Internet Addiction”). In this informative site, it was claimed that some Internet users may develop an emotional attachment to online friends and activities they create on their screens (“Internet Addiction”). Internet addiction is often compared to other addictions because those suffering from this addiction use the virtual world to interact and connect with other people in order to avoid confrontation face to face. There are many causes and effects when it comes to internet or cell phone addiction such as personal, familial, academic, financial, and occupational problems. These problems and characteristics don’t only pertain to this issue but are also to othertypes of addictions.This insightful background information is essential to understanding Internet addiction more in-depth and its progression into cell phone addition. Since our phones are so portable, it allows us to take the internet with us everywhere and so can narrow our focus of this addiction tocell phones. So what makes our cell phones so stimulating? Why can’t we look away? Or why don’t we stop ourselves from becoming addicted?