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