Different Types of Behavioural Addiction
There are still many people today who see behavioural addiction simply as an addiction. In fact, they constitute a disorder or mental disorder.
There are several types of behavioural addictions directly related to the obsessive need to be connected to the internet in its different modalities. Screen Addiction includes:
> smartphones and tablets.
> online game, online betting.
> compulsive shopping online.
> social networks.
Internet Addiction or Problem Use of the Internet
Technological development has revolutionized our way of being in the world.
Internet addiction is defined as an impulse-control disorder that does not involve an intoxicating substance. That is, the inability of a person to control their use of technology resulting in feelings of frustration and functional impairment of daily activities.
As a result of this massive access and fast progress of digital technologies, the way people use the Internet evolves to an “always online” mode. Laptops, tablets, smartphones, smart watches are among the most popular devices.
It is undeniable that technologies and the internet are part of our day-to-day life at a personal and / or professional level. On the one hand, they help us shorten distances. And to access information faster and have another mode of entertainment.
But, on the other hand, it has its drawbacks and can have a negative impact:
> in daily routines.
> in work performance.
> in family relationships.
> in emotional moods.
According to several research studies, excessive use of the Internet – Online Casinos, Online Gambling, Video Games, Social Networking, Cybersex, Cyberbullying – is associated with low self-esteem, relationship difficulties with others and psychiatric disorders.
Although still considered a new behavioural disorder, common characteristics of the Internet Addiction with classic addiction models involving substances were identified.
Prominence | Change of Humour | Tolerance | Withdrawal | Conflict | Relapse provide a basis for identifying problematic use of the Internet.