Too much of a good thing? ‘Internet anxiety’ rises at alarming rates among teens

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Too much of a good thing? ‘Internet anxiety’ rises at alarming rates among teens

Jessica Ramirez, Staff Writer

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Having the internet at your disposable at any mo¬ment is a great thing to most; however, this positive inno¬vation might not be all too positive to our health.

Throughout the years, the devices in which we access the internet have gotten smaller, more efficient and more addicting.

According to a recent study made by the General Hospital Psychiatry, people, especially teens, are becoming “addicted” to in¬ternet usage or their mobile devices.

They have conclud¬ed that excess internet use can ultimately lead to In¬ternet Addiction Disorder (IAD) which is an underlying path towards depression or anxiety.

But what exactly is “Internet Anxiety”? A study made by Frederico Tonioni tells us that this disorder is categorized as a misuse of Internet in which people spend an irrational amount of time online and avoiding interpersonal relationships.

Other symptoms that have been associated with IAD have been lack of sleep, fatigue, decline in grades, irritability, illogical thoughts and a decline in so¬cial activities.

Students have ad¬mitted to not being able to sleep at night due to them not wanting to get off their phones.
Others have men¬tioned that they would rath¬er spend their time indoors with their laptop/phone at hand instead of engaging in social activities.

Others have men¬tioned that they would rath¬er spend their time indoors with their laptop/phone at hand instead of engaging in social activities.

Even though this addiction might appear mi¬nor to some, psychologists are urging teens to not take this diagnostic so lightly.

A cell phone can be dangerous at any moment, even when it is not in your hands.

Whether it’s a drug, alcoholic, or another type of addiction, it is still a problem that should not be ignored by any reason.

Although Internet has made life a thousand times simpler, it has made our health become at risk of a serious addiction.

“I just can’t leave my phone alone. I have to have it at all times and when I don’t I start freaking out,” said Jacky Mora (12).

When it comes to the internet or social media, teens appear to be the most vulnerable generation since technology follows their ev¬ery move.

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