Any behavior that meets these seven criteria will be defined as an addiction:
Tolerance, defined by any of the following:
Need to significantly increase time spent on the Internet to obtain satisfaction
Significant decrease in effects with continued use of the same amount of time on the Internet
Abstinence, which is manifested by the following symptoms:
Reduction in prolonged use of the Internet
Obsessive thoughts about what will happen on the internet
Fantasies or dreams about the internet
Voluntary or involuntary typing movements
Symptoms result in discomfort or impairment of social, occupational or other important functioning.
Use of the Internet or similar service is intended to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms.
The Internet is accessed more frequently or for longer than originally intended.
Persistent craving or unsuccessful efforts to control or stop Internet use.
A lot of time is spent on activities related to internet use (buying books on the internet, testing new browsers, researching ISPs, organizing a folder or downloading documents).
Social, occupational, or recreational activities are stopped or reduced because of Internet use.
Internet use continues despite knowing that one has a persistent or recurring physical, social, occupational, or psychological problem that appears to be caused or exacerbated by Internet use (e.g., lack of sleep, marital difficulties, lateness for morning appointments, neglect of work duties, orTherefore, what is important in addiction is not the specific activity that generates the addiction, but the relationship that is established with it. It is a negative, even destructive relationship that the subject is unable to control.
TREATMENT OF INTERNET ADDICTION