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DEFINITION: Internet addiction is a psychological disorder proposed for inclusion in DSM-V (the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth revision), which is scheduled for publication in 2011. Korean researchers are developing a standard psychological tool called the K-scale to diagnose Internet addiction and measure its severity.According to Dr. Jerald Block,  … 
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ONLINE GAMING DEFINITION (continued): …  who recommends Internet addiction for inclusion in the manual, the proposed disorder exhibits four common characteristics of addiction:Excessive use, which may be accompanied by impaired sense of the passage of time and/or neglecting basic drives (such as hunger or the need for sleep).Withdrawal (when prevented from going online), which may be manifested as anger, tension or depression.Tolerance, which in the case of Internet addiction may be indicated by longer use or a perceived need for upgrades or new software.Negative repercussions to the behavior, which may include arguments, fatigue, … 
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