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Tsoy, N. A. The Phenomenon of Internet Addiction in Interpretation of Functionalism Theory

Published in journal "Politics and Society", 2011-7 in rubric "Social studies and monitoring", pages 45-55.

Resume: The present article analyzes the phenomenon of Internet addiction from the point of view of R. Mertons model with the purpose to defi ne one of the basic macrosocial factors causing an occurrence and development of the investigated phenomenon. It is shown that Internet performs mainly social functions and has an undeliberate dysfunctional consequence in the form of Internet addiction.

Keywords: The functionalism theory, Internet addiction, macro social factors, social functions.

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