- Alcohol, Drugs, and Smoking
- Back to School
- Cell Phone Parenting
- Character Strengths and Life Skills
- Cyberbullying, Haters, and Trolls
- Early Childhood
- Facebook, Instagram, and Social
- Learning with Technology
- Marketing to Kids
- Mental Health
- News and Media Literacy
- Privacy and Internet Safety
- Screen Time
- Sex, Gender, and Body Image
- Special Needs and Learning Difficulties
- Technology Addiction
- Violence in Media
Is Internet addiction real?
Doctors don't agree on whether Internet addiction is real or whether it's possible to be addicted to mobile phones, social media, or other kinds of media and technology. More research needs to be done to help us understand when, how, and why people use the Internet and other devices in harmful ways. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has identified only one Internet-related condition, Internet gaming disorder (IGD). The APA has called for more research to find out whether IGD is an actual mental disorder.
Sometimes, what looks like addiction is simply problematic behavior. A balanced approach to using media can correct problematic behavior. Learn more about the difference between Internet addiction and problematic use.
The Child Mind Institute contributed to this article. Learn more at childmind.org.