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INTERNET GAMBLING IS THE ONLY OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED DIGITAL ADDICTION. GAMING- AND PORNOGRAPHY-RELATED DISORDERS ARE IN THE QUEUE FOR RECOGNITION. TEXTING AND SOCIAL MEDIA DISORDER IS HEAVILY RESEARCHED AND ENTERING THE QUEUE. IPHONE ADDICTION IS RECOGNIZED BY A GROWING NUMBER OF PSYCHOLOGISTS AND LIKELY WILL FOLLOW THE PATH OF THE OTHER PROBLEMATIC USES.

How common are internet addictions? And just what is excessive use?

There are lots of studies on the prevalence (how common) of internet addictions and disorders. The results vary. One thing is certain: the incidence is going up. That is not surprising. Our array of devices has expanded and so has their addictive power. And, we are giving them to toddlers.

A reasonable estimate for internet addiction in Canada and the United States is about 8% of the population. It is highest among college students, as high as 18%. Prevalence among adolescents and teenagers is about in the middle. Children and teenagers are the fastest growing addicted population. Their young minds have fewer defences against impulsiveness and they have never known a time without a screen.

INTERNET GAMBLING ADDICTION DEPENDENCY

It is not surprising this digital disorder wasrecognizedfirst. Gambling Addiction Disorder has been recognized for decades. So, why did they not diagnose digital gamblers as simply gamblers? Why a new diagnosisfor internet gambling? Because digital gambling has unique addictive features. Research shows that just the glowing screen itself can be addictive. Digital gambling is private and effortless. It is easier to hide.And, the ability to get a dose of dopamine with every click of the mouse means digital gambling is more easily addictive.

Excessive use is easiest to measure with gambling disorder.In addition to behavioural evidence, look at your bank account and credit card balances. If you are gambling more than before you began internet gambling or if you are losing more money, chances are the addictive digital lure has begun

INTERNET STREAMING PORNOGRAPHY DEPENDENCY

For abundant information on this disorder we recommend www.yourbrainonporn.com/.
The reason streaming pornography is more addictive than static forms is the intensity of the stimuli. At a click you can have what you want. Click again to change the style. Run multiple windows. Digital porn is easy to access even for adolescents, private(no magazines or CDsto purchase of leavelying around) and nearly infinite in variety. Thanks to digital porn, according to one study, the number of pre-adolescents exposed to porn tripled between 2008 and 2011 to nearly 50%. Streaming pornography raisesdopamine levels higher and for longer than any other digital activity. Young people are highly susceptible and they are engraving instant gratification pathways in their brains. Many pornography addicts eventually experience failure to get an erection. Their pleasure pathways are so burned out no image is novel enough to excite them

INTERNET GAMING DEPENDENCY

This is the most commonly recognized disorder. It is the one many young people will admit to. Almost everyone knows someone how spends the majority of their leisure time on the controls of a computer or gaming device. This disorder has the highest potential for psychological, social and cognitive harm. Boys and men are more than twice as likely to have gaming addictionsthan girls and women.

Gaming disorders aredifficult to treat. Massively multi-player online games hook players into a competitive union with other players or into an alternative world in the case of MMO role playing games. The stimulation level is high, so the addiction can be strong.The world of violent games or the world of your avatar can become more important than your life with real people and real objects. You become a star in a make believe world, while relationships to parents and friends, all of your hopes and dreams, wither.Your physical health degenerates. Yet, thousands of addicted gamers have come out of their dark closets into the sunshine with the help of counselling and support from others

TEXTING AND SOCIAL MEDIA DEPENDENCY

Girls and women are more likely than boys and men to have this disorder. It is not uncommon for a teen to exchange 200 text messages a day. Social media like SnapChat, Instagram and Facebook, along with chat apps offer that large segment of teens with social anxiety or self-worth issues a “safe” substitute network of texting buddies and virtual friends. The signal that a new text or graph or like has come in triggers a dopamine rush that can become insatiable. Mature adults are less likely to get hooked on social media, but they are not immune. Moderation, not abstinence, is the goal for people over 14, provided they can avoid relapse.

SMART PHONE ADDICTION DEPENDENCY

Chances are someone who is using their phone excessively –can’t put it down, takes it to bed –has a texting/social media disorder or information surfing disorder. However, there is evidence that the phone itselfis a source of addiction. The individual may use it for several activities and move from one to the other repeatedly. The glow of the screen may be addictive. Just holding the phone can trigger an anticipatory dopamine rush. The negative health, cognitive and social effects of living your life through a phone are enough to recommend moderation. That’s right, moderation. The many uses of cell phones in moderation can make a day easier and keep you in touch with real friends.
can't see the forest for the screens

INTERNET GAMBLING IS THE ONLY OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED DIGITAL ADDICTION. GAMING- AND PORNOGRAPHY-RELATED DISORDERS ARE IN THE QUEUE FOR RECOGNITION. TEXTING AND SOCIAL MEDIA DISORDER IS HEAVILY RESEARCHED AND ENTERING THE QUEUE. IPHONE ADDICTION IS RECOGNIZED BY A GROWING NUMBER OF PSYCHOLOGISTS AND LIKELY WILL FOLLOW THE PATH OF THE OTHER PROBLEMATIC USES.

How common are internet addictions? And just what is excessive use?

There are lots of studies on the prevalence (how common) of internet addictions and disorders. The results vary. One thing is certain: the incidence is going up. That is not surprising. Our array of devices has expanded and so has their addictive power. And, we are giving them to toddlers.

A reasonable estimate for internet addiction in Canada and the United States is about 8% of the population. It is highest among college students, as high as 18%. Prevalence among adolescents and teenagers is about in the middle. Children and teenagers are the fastest growing addicted population. Their young minds have fewer defences against impulsiveness and they have never known a time without a screen.

INTERNET GAMBLING ADDICTION DEPENDENCY

It is not surprising this digital disorder wasrecognizedfirst. Gambling Addiction Disorder has been recognized for decades. So, why did they not diagnose digital gamblers as simply gamblers? Why a new diagnosisfor internet gambling? Because digital gambling has unique addictive features. Research shows that just the glowing screen itself can be addictive. Digital gambling is private and effortless. It is easier to hide.And, the ability to get a dose of dopamine with every click of the mouse means digital gambling is more easily addictive.

Excessive use is easiest to measure with gambling disorder.In addition to behavioural evidence, look at your bank account and credit card balances. If you are gambling more than before you began internet gambling or if you are losing more money, chances are the addictive digital lure has begun

INTERNET STREAMING PORNOGRAPHY DEPENDENCY

For abundant information on this disorder we recommend www.yourbrainonporn.com/.
The reason streaming pornography is more addictive than static forms is the intensity of the stimuli. At a click you can have what you want. Click again to change the style. Run multiple windows. Digital porn is easy to access even for adolescents, private(no magazines or CDsto purchase of leavelying around) and nearly infinite in variety. Thanks to digital porn, according to one study, the number of pre-adolescents exposed to porn tripled between 2008 and 2011 to nearly 50%. Streaming pornography raisesdopamine levels higher and for longer than any other digital activity. Young people are highly susceptible and they are engraving instant gratification pathways in their brains. Many pornography addicts eventually experience failure to get an erection. Their pleasure pathways are so burned out no image is novel enough to excite them

INTERNET GAMING DEPENDENCY

This is the most commonly recognized disorder. It is the one many young people will admit to. Almost everyone knows someone how spends the majority of their leisure time on the controls of a computer or gaming device. This disorder has the highest potential for psychological, social and cognitive harm. Boys and men are more than twice as likely to have gaming addictionsthan girls and women.

Gaming disorders aredifficult to treat. Massively multi-player online games hook players into a competitive union with other players or into an alternative world in the case of MMO role playing games. The stimulation level is high, so the addiction can be strong.The world of violent games or the world of your avatar can become more important than your life with real people and real objects. You become a star in a make believe world, while relationships to parents and friends, all of your hopes and dreams, wither.Your physical health degenerates. Yet, thousands of addicted gamers have come out of their dark closets into the sunshine with the help of counselling and support from others

TEXTING AND SOCIAL MEDIA DEPENDENCY

Girls and women are more likely than boys and men to have this disorder. It is not uncommon for a teen to exchange 200 text messages a day. Social media like SnapChat, Instagram and Facebook, along with chat apps offer that large segment of teens with social anxiety or self-worth issues a “safe” substitute network of texting buddies and virtual friends. The signal that a new text or graph or like has come in triggers a dopamine rush that can become insatiable. Mature adults are less likely to get hooked on social media, but they are not immune. Moderation, not abstinence, is the goal for people over 14, provided they can avoid relapse.

SMART PHONE ADDICTION DEPENDENCY

Chances are someone who is using their phone excessively –can’t put it down, takes it to bed –has a texting/social media disorder or information surfing disorder. However, there is evidence that the phone itselfis a source of addiction. The individual may use it for several activities and move from one to the other repeatedly. The glow of the screen may be addictive. Just holding the phone can trigger an anticipatory dopamine rush. The negative health, cognitive and social effects of living your life through a phone are enough to recommend moderation. That’s right, moderation. The many uses of cell phones in moderation can make a day easier and keep you in touch with real friends.
can't see the forest for the screens

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