Internet Addiction

Studies Related to Internet Addiction

Current studies on the use of the Internet indicate that those who are addicted represent the following employment backgrounds: blue collar, non-technical white collar, high-technical white collar and none (i.e., homemaker, disabled, retired, students). The research indicated a mean age of 29 for males and 43 for females. The number of subjects in the research sample were 157 male and 239 female.

Young, K.S. (1998). Internet Addiction: The emergence of a new disorder. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 1 (3), pages 237 - 244.

Young, K.S. (1996). Internet Addiction: The emergence of a New Clinical Disorder. Poster presented at the 104th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada, August, 1996.

Length of time Internet addicts have been using the Internet:

Internet applications most utilized by Internet addicts:

Occupational impairment due to Internet Addiction:

Signs of Internet Addiction in the Workplace Employee Behavior

  • Noticeable decline in work performance
  • Preoccupation with the Internet
  • Stay late at work to use the Internet
  • Make an increased number of errors and mistakes
  • Sudden withdrawal from co-workers
  • Effect of Internet Usage on Business
  • Reduced worker productivity
  • Poor job satisfaction
  • Low profit margins
  • Decreased efficiency
  • Potential disability claims
  • Risk of unemployment services