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Many a times, users are pushed or forced into buying new gadgets or constantly upgrading their technology for any number of reasons, both real and perceived, and feel uncomfortable without their latest high-tech "fix."

"I think they share some of the same components as people who become addicted to alcohol and drugs in that we start to see that someone cannot really put it down and cannot stop the use of it even when there are some consequences," he said in a telephone interview. "We can become overloaded by technology and suffer consequences in our relationships," he added.

Internet use is healthy, but Internet abuse can certainly cause problems. In fact, Internet addiction disorder (IAD) is a theorised disorder originally made as a satirical hoax by Ivan Goldberg in 1995. There are both supporters and detractors (those who believe it is hyped) of this disorder.

According to the Center for Internet Addiction, "Internet addicts suffer from emotional problems such as depression and anxiety-related disorders and often use the fantasy world of the Internet to psychologically escape unpleasant feelings or stressful situations."
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