Internet addiction is real. Like alcoholism, drug addiction, or compulsive gambling, it has devastating effects on the lives of addicts and their families: divorce, job loss, falling productivity at work, failure in school, and, in extreme cases, criminal behavior. The problem has already reached epidemic proportions in the United States, and the number of "netaholics" continues to grow rapidly as more households and businesses go on-line. Yet, until now, no one from the mental health community has come forward with a specific description of Internet addiction and its effects or a strategy for treatment and recovery. In Caught in the Net, Kimberly Young shares the results of her three-year study of Internet abuse. Often using the words of the Internet addicts themselves, she presents the stories of dozens of lives that were shattered by an overwhelming compulsion to surf the Net, play MUD games, or chat with distant and invisible neighbors in the timeless limbo of cyberspace. Why is the Internet so seductive? What are the warning signs of Internet addiction? Is recovery possible? Dr. Young answers these questions and many more. She provides a questionnaire to help Net users determine whether they are addicts, and offers concrete steps to help problem users regulate Internet usage and devise a more balanced place for it in their daily lives. For Internet addicts as well as their parents, spouses, friends, employers, and those who treat them, Caught in the Net offers guidance on where and how to seek help from counselors, therapists, and other professionals who take this affliction seriously. For mental health professionals, this book provides insights into the nature and causes of Internet addiction and encourages counselors and therapists to expand their addiction recovery programs to address the specific problems of Internet addicts.
Psychologists, addiction counselors, substance abuse counselors, and behavioral therapists involved in the treatment of substance abuse and addictive behaviors will welcome this book as a bold and innovative approach for intervention.
- Discuss what internet addiction is and recognize its signs and the various ways it presents.
- Discuss who gets addicted to the internet and why.
- Describe the various recovery strategies for internet addiction.
Table of Contents
The Dark Side of Cyberspace.
The Terminal Time Warp.
Profiles of On-Lineaholics.
The Faceless Community.
Cyberwindows: Victims of Terminal Love.
Parents, Kids, and a Technological Time Bomb.
Fraternities of Netheads.
No Work Today—Everybody's Gone Surfin'.
Staying on Track.
About the Author
Dr. Kimberly S. Young is Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, and founder of the Center for On-Line Addiction, which consults to educational institutions, mental health clinics, and corporations dealing with Internet misuse. Dr. Young is known internationally for her work in Internet addiction. Her research has been widely covered in the media, including major articles in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report. She has appeared on news broadcasts on the major networks and has been heard on NPR and the BBC. Dr. Young is committed to expanding the body of knowledge about Internet use and to helping people seek help for their Internet-dependence problems.
This CE course is designated as intermediate to advanced.