The addictive stimulus associated with an 'Internet addiction' is technically a rewarding and reinforcing stimulus which is transmitted via the internet, as opposed to exposure or access to the Internet itself; hence, "Internet addiction" is a misnomer.
Tolerance is seen as one of the most important criteria required to be considered addicted.
This idea has been growing and being explored to being a possibility.
There are a variety of stimuli online that users could be addicted to rather than the Internet itself, which include communication, gaming, shopping, cyber-relations and anonymity, and so it is argued that users 'just use the Internet excessively as a medium to fuel other addictions'. With the use of newer technology such as tablet computers and smartphones, users can go to the bathroom or another private place to engage with the Internet, without others knowing about it. Internet users often get an excited feeling of a 'rush' or a "buzz" that they get when winning an online auction, a video game or online gambling.
Many have difficulty fathoming that a person can build up tolerance to the internet because it is not a substance.
This tolerance can take the form of constantly needing to upgrade a computer, and faster internet speeds.
D., in 1995, although some later researchers have taken his essay seriously.
While Thompson never conducted another formal quantitative study on Internet addiction, Thompson updated his seminal Internet addiction research 15 years later with a formal plenary presentation at the First International Forum on Media and Information Literacy held at Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Fez, Morocco in 2011, where he was an informal contributor to UNESCO's Declaration on Media and Information Literacy adopted by Fez International Forum.
Risky Internet use are behaviors that increase risks of adverse consequences.
It is not just the amount of time spent on the Internet that puts an adolescent at risk; how the time is spent is also an important consideration.
Thompson's research, also evaluating dependency, was presented at the Mc Nair Conference at SUNY Buffalo, and at the Penn State Mc Nair Conference in 1996.
While Thompson's study abstract was accepted at the annual Association for Education in Mass Communication and Journalism Convention in Chicago in 1997, the research was not formally presented due to non-attendance.