Although the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition, doesn’t recognize internet abuse as a disorder, it does have traits equivalent to their criteria that can lead to a mild dependency such as: having a strong desire of use, failure to fulfill role obligations, and in some cases hazardous use. In addition, the DSM 5 states that at least two symptoms result in a mild dependency. Therefore, an argument can be made for internet dependency. There are certain personalities that are at risk of addiction. According to Kuss, Griffiths, and Binder (2013), in a study of 2,257 students only 3.2% of students were diagnosed with an internet addiction diagnosed off of the DSM5 criteria. However, the use of social networking significantly increases an individual’s chances of being addicted to the internet. Kuss et al. (2013), had also mentioned that both introve...
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