The addiction can be defined as ” the usage habit of a substance, in the absence of which
certain physiological symptoms are shown” or as “an impulse for using the substance.”
Today, psychologists and psychiatrists discuss to expand this definition in such a way to
include the addictions besides the substance addiction. These definitions can be used
transitive and interchangeable way as they are not completely clear, and their scopes and
boundaries are not separated from each other clearly in psychology and psychiatry.

Cases such as internet addiction, digital addiction, screen addiction, social media
addiction, YouTube or watching video addiction, game addiction are known, and
generalized, as technology addiction because, fundamentally, all of these are kind of
a technology-related addiction.

You may call it whatever you want, but the appearance of the internet addiction notion is not
for nothing; because when you keep the person away from the element to which s/he was
addicted, deprivation syndromes start to appear just as it happens in the substance
addiction. Along with the deprivation symptoms, there are findings which show that
internet addiction causes scientifically detectable alterations in the addicted person’s

Excessive or increasing usage, deprivation symptoms, and physiological or psychological
alterations are enough to define something as an addiction in general. Therefore it is called
addiction. However, what remains to be troublesome and confusing is that to which
extent things that become parts of our daily lives, such as the internet and
technology, are being used plausibly and at what point they turn into an addiction.