Heffernan mentions, “This kind of Internet use isn’t usefully described as an addiction,” concerning the case of a young girl. Gabriela is a 20-year-old student from New York who is worried that she might be addicted to the Internet. Gabriela sleeps with her laptop and spends a lot of time on social networks and information resources. The girl sometimes does not sleep until 4 PM because she constantly searches for information and chats with friends online. However, Heffernan says that even though the girl has insomnia and spends a lot of time online, she cannot be called Internet-addicted.
Heffernan explains: to become Internet-addicted, a person must run away from real life in the online space and subsequently confuse these two concepts. Gabriela is a girl who has many interests in real life; she is not looking for thrills and does not get involved in threatening activities in the online space. In Gabriela’s case, the Internet is part of her intellectual life, so it cannot be dangerous.
Gabriela’s typical Internet session is an endless chain of searches. In my opinion, the possibility of an endless search is a great opportunity that the Internet provides us. However, the search can become meaningless in an endless amount of information: people can discover themselves on the hundredth page of “Google,” reading a completely unnecessary article. Therefore, some time limit is needed to reduce the Internet session so that it does not interfere with real life.
I suppose that Internet addiction is an obsessive condition in which a person does not just spend a lot of time on the Internet but begins to confuse offline and online reality and loses social functions. I think that Internet addiction is an obsessive state in which a person not only spends a lot of time on the Internet but begins to confuse offline and online reality, runs away from the real world, and loses social functions. I do not consider myself addicted to the Internet because the Internet only complements my real life: I watch videos, listen to music, and chat with friends. I do not spend a lot of time ‘searching’; however, if an interesting topic comes across, I can read related materials for several hours and get far from the original theme.