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The different types of Internet addictions

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  • 1 Internet addictions
  • 2 virtual casinos
  • 3 Videogames
  • 4 Cybersex
  • 5 Cyber ​​purchase

Internet addictions

Some time ago on a page that no longer exists, an Internet user asked if the chats are addictive, the navigators themselves answered in 85% yes, keeping in mind that behind the alienation of an addiction is the erasure, the void. And every day is more frequent encounters with navigators who admit to being more than entangled in the network, for example being connected forty hours a week. It's easy to find masked people under your nick. Many become addicted simply to browse, watch news, read articles, but above all to watch videos of all kinds through YouTube. And the offer and content are so wide and unbeatable, and every day they increase almost exponentially ... There is even a case in the town of Lake Country Florida of a woman who lost custody of the children for neglecting them, the woman in issue did not take off from the screen or to eat, it is here where addiction interferes with deteriorating everyday life, where the addiction limit Begins to be more than obvious.

But as for Internet addictions there is not yet a sufficiently clear theoretical model. Some talk about dependence without substances, others elaborate theories about the isolation of society or addiction. Others say there is no disease awareness, and others make comparisons such as at Harvard University where they compared Internet addiction to moderate alcohol use, etc. but what we all seem to agree on is that there are problems prior to addiction.

Virtual casinos

We are addicted, such as gamblers, who do nothing but change the support of their addiction. Specifically the gambling it would be the most prominent form of addiction due to its danger, according to some authors the so-called cyber game or compulsive gambling game, referring rather not to playing “play” (Anglo-Saxon word that means entertainment), but to “gamble” (word used to name the game where something is risked in exchange for the possibility of getting a profit, the result of which depends largely on chance).

Some clinicians affirm that the addictive power of virtual casinos (of always recognized doubtful reliability) is even more intense than that of real casinos, although this is still to be verified operationally, but although this has not yet been studied rigorously in sight There is the obvious good disposition of this support where anonymity is absolute when playing on the net, where the ease of access to the object of consumption is as simple as having a card number and being of legal age.

As the alarm almost always comes to us from the United States, but here in Spain after conducting a small survey, we have been able to verify in the first place that of thirty surveyors surveyed aged between twenty and thirty years, 80% knew the existence of These virtual casinos, moreover, many of them had bet on a regular basis.

Video game

Another issue is that we find that the children's favorite entertainment, 70% are video games every day more elaborate. We found that some young people from this large group would spend hours and hours in front of the monitor or console in hand, the consequences of these excesses would be reflected in: poor academic performance, poor or bad family relationships, low self-esteem. Although there seems to be consensus that the passion for video games would be generally temporary and after the novelty of a certain game the interest in playing would gradually decline.

The demographic characteristics of the addicts also vary, depending on the accessibility of the environment, before they were well-off men between thirty and forty years of liberal profession and with a medium high cultural level. They were those who initially had access to the network. Today we include in these sociodemographic factors, women, adolescents, unemployed, pre-retired, housewives, all united by the same problems associated with their addiction, irritability, affective disorders, depression, headaches, back, problems in the school or work, etc.


As for Internet sex addicts, cybersex, say that they point us again from the USA that there could be in that country approximately 20 million subjects who frequent more than 10 hours a week any of the thousands of pornographic addresses that exist In the net. In relation to this study it was seen that These people addicted to sex on the Internet have more problems when it comes to relating to the other sexDifficulty of communication would manifest a tendency to violence, specifically domestic violence, aggressive impulsive tendencies, would divorce more (there is already an association of women divorced from their husbands addicted to the Internet), and are generally prone to isolation. In this study, these repeated visitors of pages with sexual contents would not recognize their dependence, they affirmed that at any time they could stop visiting these portals without having any problem.

Cyber ​​Purchase

By last. The Internet is also a new channel for compulsive buyers, the so-called cyber purchase. We would have to start by saying that three out of five people consider buying as a pleasure, that is, approximately one third of adult consumers “want to buy” or lack of control when buying products. This large part of the population does not would become compulsive but it can give us an idea of ​​the huge population at risk seeing only the tip of the iceberg of this problem. From the literature in this regard we could not give a clear percentage of the people who are affected, the studies that appear on the network are still generally of doubtful methodology, in them for example, there is usually no evidence of reliability or validity of the study, so it is more than difficult to calculate the number of people affected, but if we get carried away by what most people say, only 3% of navigators would be truly addicted to Internet shopping as a pathological addiction to compulsively consume; buy new and unnecessary products, or in the prolific “second hand” that we all know in the network. At this point, the literature in this regard tells us that they are emotionally immature, naive subjects, people with isolation problems, they speak of personal dissatisfaction and that they are more influenced by advertisements, advertising.

And finally you will allow me a little dare in the form of jocular anecdote: recently I received a nice email from a friend hyperlinked and happy in his entanglement, which told me that: - man's best friend is no longer the dog but the flat rate.

Juan Carlos Gomez