Is “Internet addiction,” addiction?

But cases like Pacenza’s, which involve Internet misuse, may no longer be quite so simple, thanks to a growing debate over whether Internet abuse is a legitimate addiction, akin to alcoholism. Attorneys say recognition by a court—whether in this or some future litigation—that Internet abuse is an uncontrollable addiction, and not just a bad habit, could redefine the condition as a psychological impairment worthy of protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Read Virtually Addicted from Business Week. Commentary from MetaFilter.

Previously from WNM: “Problematic Internet Use”, Internet addiction recognized by colleges and universities, Work induced technology addiction and Internet addiction a growing concern

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