Is internet addiction a ‘thing’?

Chris Merritt
Nov 24, 2018 · 6 min read

Or just all the stuff that humans have been addicted to for centuries — only now we do it online?

China is one of the only places in the world where Internet Addiction is an official diagnosis
Is internet addiction just a bunch of things people got addicted to before the internet?
Would Ancient Greeks have gambled via smartphone if they’d existed? Probably.
There is a correlation between alcohol or drug problems and compulsive internet use — and a causal relationship has been suggested in both directions

Chris Merritt

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Clinical Psychologist interested in cognition, behaviour and mental health, and the effects of technology on these domains

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