Internet addiction syndrome

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A condition resembling an impulse-control disorder, first identified in the US in 1994, initially as a joke, and not included in DSM-IV or ICD-10, characterized by excessive or pathological Internet surfing, indicated by such signs and symptoms as being preoccupied with the Internet; recurrent dreams and fantasies about the Internet; lying to family members or therapists to conceal the extent of time spent online; attempting repeatedly and unsuccessfully to cut down or to stop spending time online, and becoming restless or irritable while doing so; using the Internet as an escape from worry or unhappiness; and jeopardizing a significant job, relationship, or educational opportunity by spending excessive time online. See also dataholic. Compare impulse-control disorders. IAS abbrev.

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