Lara Carter


Internet addiction is a relatively new phenomenon which can have similar impacts as substance dependence on one’s cognitive and behavioral functioning. This type of addiction is a growing problem, and is constantly being researched to try to address what causes this addiction, who is affected by it, and how it can be treated. By understanding these issues, it will be easier to put an end to internet addiction and the negative consequences that may result from it. It has been found that internet addiction can have serious impacts on one’s mental health and may cause conditions such as depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. This paper will discuss some of the recent literature regarding internet addiction, and the research that has been previously conducted on it. The discussion of the previous research will include the results and conclusions which have been made in regards to the impacts which internet addiction can have on one’s mental health.