There are even treatment facilities for the disorder now, like the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery. The CIAR provides recovery services along with self-assessments that include questions like: “How often do you block out disturbing thoughts about your life with soothing thoughts of the Internet?” and “How often do you fear that life without the Internet would be boring, empty, and joyless?”
The wired campus environment, the freedom from parental supervision, and the stress of a full load of courses all make it easy for students to tune out of the difficulties of one’s real life. The Internet offers instead the consolations of total control (something that may be lacking in the real world) and constant stimulation (a chat room is always buzzing somewhere), along with more classic addictive opportunities such as porn and gambling.
Previously from WNM: