And the use of the internet as a whole is being linked with addiction that could affect one in 10 people.
Those with the condition,
a report found,
felt similar effects to those addicted to alcohol, cocaine or cannabis.
But the internet is seen as something more integral to a modern way of life than those addictions.
Digital information has become an integral part of many people's lives
So much so that inventor of the world wide web Tim Berners-Lee believes that access to the web has become a human right.
"It's possible to live without the web," he told an MIT symposium.
"It's not possible to live without water. But if you've got water, then the difference between somebody who is connected to the web and is part of the information society, and someone who [is not] is growing bigger and bigger."
The influence of the internet has now grown so much that some people are going to extreme lengths to escape "overload".
Technology journalist Paul Miller has given up the internet for a year.
"Every conversation feels informed by the internet in some way, or like it will end up on the internet some way,"
If you want to comment on his escapades, you can reach him not on Twitter, or by email, but by phone or writing a letter to his PO Box.
To many people, this will feel almost nostalgically old-fashioned.
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