It is estimated that more than 210 million Americans access the Internet on a regular basis, making the United States by far the top World Wide Web user in the world. Specialists estimate that between 6% and 14% of Internet users in the United States have a destructive dependency on the Web and that the vast majority of these people do not realize they have a problem.

Internet addiction has been formally recognized as a disorder by the American Psychological Association, although it is not listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR). The term Internet addiction disorder (IAD) first made headlines in 1995 when psychiatrist Ivan K. Goldberg posted a parody online spoofing the DSM-IV by using the ...

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