By LaToya M. Scott
Billion Visits Daily
In 2016, the International Telecommunication Union estimated 3.2 billion people use the internet.
Amount of Users
Internet addiction is characterized by excessive or poorly controlled preoccupations, urges or behaviors
regarding computer use and internet access that lead to impairment or distress.
Types of Internet Addictions
Who is Impacted
39% of 13-17 age Americans are addicted to the internet.
71 % of 18-24-year-olds Americans are addicted to the internet.
26 % of 25- 44 age Americans are addicted to the internet.
40% of 45-54 age Americans are addicted to the internet.
39 % of 55-64 age Americans are addicted to the internet.
44 % of 65 - 75 age Americans are addicted to the internet.
8% of internet users can become addicted within the first 3 months of being online. 1 out of 2 workers today has a severe occupational impairment because of their internet addiction.
Men vs. Women
Women are 64% are more likely than men to be addicted to the internet.
Men are 55% more likely t to consider themselves addicted to the internet.
27% of people today check Facebook while they are going to the bathroom.
82% of people who accessed the internet were found to spend more time online than anticipated.
1 in 5 people will wake up in the middle of the night to check their Facebook account.
33 % of people check for status updates or access their favorite websites from their smartphone before getting out of bed.
Only 1% of introductory psychology books mention that internet addiction could be a mental disorder.
1 billion monthly active users on Instagram
328 Million Monthly active users on Twitter
1.86 Billion Monthly active users on Facebook
Social Networking Usage
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