Meet psychologist Dr. Kimberly Young; she was the first to ever research internet addiction. She wrote the first book, Caught in the Net, to identify internet addiction as a new disorder, was the keynote speaker at the first international congress on internet addiction last year, a recent TED speaker (see video below), and founded the first Center for Internet Addiction in the US.
Dr. Young and her colleagues put together one of the first statistical models that outlined the primary risk factors. These include poor coping style and high relief expectations that mediate internet addiction through other predisposing factors like depression and social anxiety, feeling socially isolated and unsupported, low self-efficacy and shyness.
The problem is similar to an eating disorder, says Dr. Young. Technology, like food, is an essential part of daily life, and those suffering from disordered online behavior cannot give it up entirely and instead have to learn moderation and controlled use.
Watch What You Need to Know About Internet Addiction below.