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In an online survey of 496 web users, Young (1998) categorized 80 percent of the respondents as being addicted to the Internet.
She concludes that the most salient factors contributing to IAD are the capabilities of an individual to take on different roles, the anonymous nature of computer-mediated communications, and the prospects for developing meaningful interpersonal relationships.
However, none of the studies have empirically examined the ways in which IAD correlates with social factors.
Furthermore, none of the studies have utilized conceptual frameworks that would explain the sociological nature of their findings.
It appears from this particular research that Internet utilization affects sleep patterns, an outcome that is common to other addictions such as alcohol and drug addictions.
Cojac, (1996) reports that there is an inverse relationship between the number of hours spent per day on the Internet and the average number of sleep hours per night.Al Bellamy Department of Interdisciplinary Technology School of Technology Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, Michigan Cheryl Hanewicz Department of Interdisciplinary Technology School of Technology Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, Michigan This study explored the influence that personal relations and communications within Internet chat rooms has on a user's Internet Predisposition - a concept developed to refer to what psychologists have vicariously termed as Internet addiction.Two measures of Internet Predisposition were utilized: a quantitative measurement based upon time spent in chat rooms and the Internet, and a four item Internet Predisposition Scale (IPS) developed by the authors.We contend that such an analysis will offer a different viewpoint of the so-called Internet addiction phenomena that has been presented by the psychological frameworks that currently predominate the discussion and analyses on this topic.The paper will proceed with the following format: Psychologists have labeled Internet addiction as Internet Addiction Disorder – IAD, a term first used by Goldberg (1996).