Internet addiction was first identified in the U.S. by Dr. Kimberly Young. In 1996, she presented the first paper on the topic at the American Psychological Association’s annual conference held in Toronto entitled, “Internet Addiction: The Emergence of a New Disorder”.
Since then, studies have documented Internet Addiction in Australia, Italy, Pakistan, Iran, Germany, and the Czech Republic. It is a serious epidemic in China, Korea, and Taiwan.
In 2014, the first Internet Congress on Internet Addiction Disorders was held in Milan.
Australia developed the first inpatient adolescent treatment program for internet addiction.
In the U.S., Internet Gaming Addiction is now listed in Section 3 of the DSM-5.
In 2013, Dr. Young founded the first inpatient Internet Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center at the Bradford Regional Medical Center in Bradford, Pa under the supervision of a multidisciplinary clinical team for adults 18 years and over.
Dr. Young also provides private counseling, family therapy, and parent training using evidence-based approaches to help you or a loved one deal with internet addiction and teaches families how to find a healthy digital diet for living a balanced life. Read more about Net Addiction.
Internet Addiction and Other Behavioural Addictions will be discussed at the Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference (20 – 22 May 2015 on the Gold Coast).