Linh Pham

Main Article Content


It is unimaginable this world without the Internet given its ubiquity, power, and breadth of influence. However, Internet addiction is a real source of worry, and even comparable to substance-related addictive disorders. Changes in brain chemistry and structure resulted from the Internet use and overuse are of particular concern to researchers and educators, because of their profound effects on young people’s development. This paper discusses these impacts by looking at three specific aspects including Internet searching, gaming, and social networking. By drawing particularly on neuroscientific evidence, the paper comes to the conclusion that the Internet proves to be a valuable tool for young people provided that it is used sensibly in close connection with teachers’ guidance.


Keywords: Internet addiction, neuroscience, Internet searching, gaming, social network, brain changes.