Internet addiction disorder (IAD) now more commonly called problematic Internet use (PIU), compulsive Internet use, (CIU)., Internet overuse, problematic computer use, pathological computer use, ori Disorder, refers to excessive computer use which interferes with daily life.
IAD was originally proposed as a disorder in a satirical hoax by Ivan Goldberg, M.D., in 1995, although some later researchers have taken his essay seriously. He took pathological gambling, as diagnosed by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), as his model for the description of IAD. IAD receives coverage in the press, and the possible future classification of it as a psychological disorder continues to be debated and researched in the psychiatric community. A systematic review of PIU literature identified the lack of standardization in the concept as a major impediment to advancing this area of study.