Have you ever found yourself being attached to your electronic devices, whether it’s your phone, tablet, laptop, or computer? How many hours a day that you use to spend on social media and sending messages or any activities on the Internet? Did you know that spending more time online and not being able to control yourself, than the time you spend to interact with people offline could cause Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD). Although Internet provides massive benefits ranging from accessing information to forming personal networks, however, “Internet addiction” has many negative impacts on relationships. IAD is a new label and little is known about its negative impacts on personal relationships. Data shows that those who suffer from Internet addiction have higher probability to neglect personal relationships and find it difficult to develop and cultivate relationships offline.

According to the NCBI, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Internet Addiction is “characterized by excessive or poorly controlled preoccupations, urges or behaviours regarding computer use and internet access that lead to impairment or distress.” [1] IAD causes neurological complications, psychological disturbances, and social problems. Personal relationships are emotional connections between oneself and others, whether it’s family, friends, or personal relationship as a couple or partner, all kinds of relationships should be healthy, happy and productive. Communication is one of the most important keys of relationships, but spending more than certain hours a day on the Internet can ruin lives and personal relationships by neglecting others and not having time to cultivate healthy relationship. Internet addiction not only ruins healthy relationships, but also could lead to health and mental problems.

Notes: I will cite sources at the end of the paper, this is only the beginning of it. I know there are quite a few of repeating words, it’d be helpful if there’s any word change suggestions. Thanks!

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