Information and Communication Technologies - ICT

Misuse of ICT, Internet Addiction Disorder; a reality or fiction?



Martha Cervantes

Martha Cervantes

Martha Cervantes received her Doctorate from Leicester University in 2003, where her studies spanned the fields of Science of Anthropology and Cultural Communication. She has conducted research and tuitions on marketing effectiveness through intercultural communication relationships between Latin American, Arab and Asiatic cultures, has published several articles on Relocation & Mobility Tips and dictated “the Enneagram” tool for HR intercultural Management. Martha taught cultural communication at Thunderbird, the International School of Business and created grammar, business and cultural modules. She enjoys reading, golf, swimming and ballroom dancing in her spare time.


Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are privileged tools for the development of individuals and societies by facilitating the management of information: create, share, modify, enrich and transform it into knowledge. 

The use of ICT is increasingly widespread, both due to the appearance of new devices and the reduction of associated costs. 

The addiction to ICT is a compulsive behaviour that ends up replacing verbal communication with our environment through the use of electronic means. Techno-addicts seek in technology a refuge where they can hide fears and fears. In some cases users end up developing very different personalities in both sex and age, the result of addiction to social networks (WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) or other platforms.


Information and Communication Technologies has become an irreplaceable tool. It is certain that we live immersed in a time of social change due to the influence of ICT. 

These technological tools have given us many advantages in terms of mobility, easy and updated information, entertainment, social relationship, etc. 

Unfortunately, the abuse of ICT has become a real problem and, in some countries, real pathological cases; even more, these new technologies have turned us into their slaves.

Therefore, it is necessary to describe exactly what the abuse behaviours consist of and what features may be influencing them, to evaluate their impact on the psychological development of this population group and to design prevention strategies.

It is essential to inform and support ICT consumers about the responsible use of the different technological supports, the drifts of behaviours that they risk in the family life, in the social and professional life, as well as in the school environment.