Internet addiction is an impulse control disorder in which there is no use of intoxicating drug is equivalent to pathological gambling. Many people may develop an emotional attachment to on-line friends and also get amused by different activities created by them. Also internet allows people to exchange ideas, meet people through different chat rooms, virtual communities and other social networking website. Some spend a lot of time on blogging or researching about their topic of interest.
Those who suffer from this addiction, use the virtual fantasy world to connect through the internet with real people as a replacement for real-life human connection, which they are unable to achieve normally.

Maryam ShahMaryam Shah has completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Foundation University. She has also done Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology from Fauji Foundation University. Her research work includes Impact of body image on self esteem of adolescence and another research was on Perception of society from an eye of an addict.

Editor: Jaffar Ali 

Four common characteristics of addiction:

  • Excessive use of internet may neglect the basic drives such as the need for sleep or hunger. And may accompany by impaired sense of the passage of time.
  • When disallowed from going online may result in withdrawal symptoms such as depression, tension or anger.


  • Tolerance, which in the case of Internet addiction may be indicated by perceived need for upgrades new software or by longer use.
  • Negative impact to the behavior, which may include arguments, fatigue, lack of achievement, lying, social isolation and  problems at work or school