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Is There Such a Thing as Internet Addiction?
The country’s first Internet addiction rehab program that opened last year in Pennsylvania re-
Dr. Kimberly Young, a psychologist and founder of this program, defined Internet addiction “by the consequences of Internet overuse rather than the number of hours spent online” as reported by ABC News.
Dr. Young pointed out “a difference between people who depended on modern technology but could balance their online life with their offline life, and people whose obsession prevented them from functioning normally.” She continued to explain that "like any other addiction, we look at whether it has jeopardized their career, whether they lie about their usage or whether it interferes with relationships."
The typical Internet addict is a young male, highly intelligent, socially awkward with low self-