It has been reported that the next version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – which provides a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders – will include internet-use disorder as a condition ”recommended for further study”.
Although the inclusion does not mean it’s a recognised mental illness which can be diagnosed, according to the manual, it does acknowledge that there are potentially risks related to the overuse of the internet. Some people may say this seems pretty obvious, as pretty much anything is harmful in excess!
Internet overuse and/or misuse at work is a common issue facing employers. This template Communications Policy can help you ensure that your employees understand what your company deems to be acceptable use of its communications facilities, with particular attention paid to email, telephone and internet use.