As internet addiction becomes more common, risk of addiction grows

By Staff Writer

Society’s obsession with staying connected at all time may be turning a large number of individuals into internet addicts who are unable to step away from the keyboard. This may cause many professionals to bring their work home with them, which can increase stress and the risk of burnout.

A new survey from British internet service provider Demon Broadband found that a large number of British workers bring their job home with them, according to the Telegraph. Many even plan on working over the holiday weekend.

A total of 40 percent of those surveyed said that improvements in internet access made it hard for them to stop themselves from logging on and doing work at home. Furthermore, 61 percent of those surveyed said that they would be logging into their company email in order to do work during Christmas weekend.

The inability to stop oneself from engaging in an activity is one of the hallmarks of addiction. Furthermore, excessive stress has been linked to increased risk of drug abuse and addiction. The National Institute of Drug Abuse says that stress is one of the greatest triggers of addiction.