What is Internet Addiction, Internet Dependency?

Definition of Internet addiction, Internet dependency along with symptoms and treatments of Internet addiction.

Definition of Internet addiction aka Internet dependency, along with symptoms and treatments of Internet addiction..

Definition of Internet Addiction (Internet Dependency)

Dr. Kimberly Young, a leading researcher into Internet addiction and founder of the Center for Online Addiction defines Internet addiction as:

"Any online-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one's work environment. Internet addiction has been called Internet dependency and Internet compulsivity. By any name, it is a compulsive behavior that completely dominates the addict's life. Internet addicts make the Internet a priority more important than family, friends, and work. The Internet becomes the organizing principle of addicts' lives. They are willing to sacrifice what they cherish most in order to preserve and continue their unhealthy behavior."

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APA Reference
Tracy, N. (2008, December 24). What is Internet Addiction, Internet Dependency?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2021, October 16 from

Last Updated: April 24, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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