Facts About Internet Addiction
Internet addiction is commonly known as an impulse control disorder, much like pathological gambling. What distinguishes Internet addiction from normal Internet use? Consider the following as primary signs of Internet addiction:
- Steadily increased amounts of time on the Internet in the attempt to achieve satisfaction
- Repeated and unsuccessful efforts to cut back or stop Internet use
- Feelings of restlessness and irritability when attempting to cut down use of the Internet
- Always online longer than originally intended
- Jeopardized loss of significant relationships and career opportunities because of Internet use
- Lying to conceal the extent of involvement with the Internet
People suffering from Internet addiction use the virtual world as the primary way to connect with other people, often as a substitute for real-life human connection. Additionally, they may hide behind on-line personas or profiles where they are able to alter their identities and pretend to be someone they are not.
Being addicted to the Internet can cause physical problems such as: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, dry eyes, backaches, severe headaches, and eating and sleep disturbance.
Internet addiction can be successfully treated with the help of an addiction specialist. If you’d like more information, I’d welcome the opportunity to hear your concerns.