A study from the University of Maryland reveals that people’s dependence on Internet-connected devices is a psychological phenomenon that is very similar to drug addiction.
The researchers asked the 1,000 study participants from around the globe through the school’s International Center for Media & the Public to stay off the Internet for 24 hours and report their reactions to the deprivation.
Results show that 23 percent of the participants reported being anxious and distressed, with some describing their feelings as ‘itching like a crackhead.’ Experts find the result not surprising, although they are quick to point out that it is not addiction in the strict sense, as the latter is a bad habit involving the use of psychoactive substances. Internet dependency is a more apt term, as it conjures being dependent on a stimulus (Internet) and it would result in withdrawal symptoms when the stimulus is removed.
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