Who’s an internet addict here? Or always spend their whole day in front of their laptop and so busy leveling their online game character? xD
Well, -cough cough- I am one of you. In fact I always found myself facing my monitor almost 16 hours a day. 8 hours for work (yeah I am a virtual assistant), 5 hours will be spent for leveling up my online game character, and the remaining 3 hours will be spent for social networking sites.
Hmmm, let’s get back to the original topic. xD
Let me ask you. Have you noticed that you are already more comfortable talking with your online friends than the real ones? Or can’t you stop yourself from playing online games or from compulsively surfing? Well that’s the sign of Internet addiction.
Internet addiction covers a variety impulse-control problem. This includes the following:
- Cybersex Addiction – compulsive use of Internet pornography, adult chat rooms, or adult fantasy role-play sites impacting negatively on real-life intimate relationships.
- Cyber-Relationship Addiction – addiction to social networking, chat rooms, and messaging to the point where virtual, online friends become more important than real-life relationships with family and friends.
- Net Compulsions – such as compulsive online gaming, gambling, stock trading, or compulsive use of online auction sites such as eBay, often resulting in financial and job-related problems.
- Information Overload – compulsive web surfing or database searching, leading to lower work productivity and less social interaction with family and friends.
- Computer Addiction – obsessive playing of off-line computer games, such as Solitaire or Minesweeper, or obsessive computer programming.
What is the most common internet addiction?
It is the Cybersex and Pornography. It is the kind of addiction where you spend several hours viewing pornography which includes sex videos, porn photos and using your webcam and having a cam to cam sex. Sexting online could be one of them too.
Are you one of them?
So how to deal with these addictions?
Tips for dealing with Internet addiction:
- Ask yourself, “What am I missing out on when I spend so much time on the Internet?” Write down these activities and decrease your Internet time to pursue some of them.
- Set reasonable Internet use goals and stick to them. Take frequent breaks, at least 5 minutes each hour, and do some other activity.
- Alter your routine to break your usage patterns. If you spend evenings on the Internet, start limiting your use to mornings.
- Seek out friends and acquaintances who “couldn’t care less” about the Internet. Take time to appreciate the fact that all life is not yet online.
- Stay connected to the offline world. Visit newsstands, book and music stores, and participate in entertainment such as museums, music, and live theater. Novels and poetry readings are hard to experience online.
- Treat the Internet as a tool. Stay focused on the fact that the Internet is a means to an end. Plan your strategy—whether you’re looking for information or entertainment—with the end in mind and you’ll save valuable time.
Source: University of California, San Francisco
So be honest? Which kind of internet addiction you belong to?
By the way before I’ll end this topic, let me share this awesome video that says
“The internet is good for lots of things, and it should be celebrated. But the best thing we can do for our minds is to find some time every day to unplug, calm down, and focus on one thing at a time.”