Cyber Addiction

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Did you know?

  • Nearly 6% of people said that their relationships suffered as a result of too much time spent online.
  • Over 8% used the Internet as a method of escaping problems or to ease a negative frame of mind.
  • Internet addiction is just as real as a drug or alcohol addiction.
Are You Addicted to the Internet?

Awareness

What people don't realize is that there is a thing such as Internet addiction. Internet addiction is when people spend more than enough or agreeable time online. Internet addiction is described as an impulse control disorder. Those suffering from Internet addiction use the virtual fantasy world to connect with real people through the Internet as a substitution for real-life human connection because they have social problems. The effects teenagers and people in general have when they have Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) include: distress, obsessive thoughts, tremors, restless, moody, depressed, irritable when attempting to cut down or stop Internet use, neglecting friends and family, and neglecting sleep to stay online. Physical changed include: weight gain or loss, backaches, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, eating irregularities (mainly skipping meals), and failure to attend to personal hygiene. Have a cyber addiction also impairs the quality of lives because people fail to go out and do things. Instead, they stay inside behind a computer, failing to explore more of what is out there.


Cyber addictions are curable and preventable but may take some time in certain cases. Parents should talk to their children and agree on a list of rules that clearly say when to use the Internet, which sites they should visit and what safety measures to follow to prevent the overuse of time spent online. Teachers may also ensure safe browsing of the web at school for teenagers. The first step to getting help is realizing and/or determining if there is a problem. If there happens to be a problem with the Internet, mood stabilizers and reality therapy are an option to get better.

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