Internet and new technologies

Internet dependency is the subject of increasing attention from experts; it concerns a super investment in online activities, which occupies the time and energy normally dedicated to other activities of life, accompanied by an inability to control it, as well as withdrawal symptoms and sometimes withdrawal from social life. The Internet can also be the vehicle through which other forms of addiction develop, such as virtual relationships, obsessive web search, online commerce, virtual sex and gaming (video games or digital games).

The Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) is mapping the National Health Service (SSN) services that carry out prevention and treatment activities for internet addiction in order to achieve an estimate and characterization of the use of internet services.