Have you ever felt like some part of you went on a standstill (or feel “naked”) when your phone battery died? Or when you go out and you left your phone at home, does it feel like it’s vibrating in your pocket all day?
Well.. Do you?
In this modern world, all of us are connected to the Internet and somehow we cannot live without it. It might sound ridiculous but let us ask ourselves, can we go about our lives without using any technology? Even for one day?
Let’s admit. Technology is EVERYWHERE and we cannot escape. But does that mean all of us are addicts whenever we use them?
What is Internet addiction exactly?
There are many different types of addiction out there, and Internet addiction is no exception. Internet addiction is the most researched form of a technology addiction, but other related addictions have been proposed by scientists. Some have proposed television addiction, while others have proposed cyber sexual addiction, social networking addiction, online gaming addiction, online gambling addiction and online shopping addiction.
Compulsive use is a key part of Internet addiction. An “addict” must overuse the Internet, handphones or other technological devices to be considered abnormal. But, overuse is not the only important part of being addicted to technology nor is it a defining feature of addiction.
An addict also experiences withdrawal, tolerance, interpersonal and health problems and time management problems. Symptoms of withdrawal might include agitation, depression, anger and anxiety when the person is away from technology or computers.
But how do we gauge these experiences when we are dealing with an environment that we all use everyday?
Here, take a test to see whether you are addicted with the Internet. And see how you fare
- CBSNews: Internet Addiction
- Internet Addiction Help
- The Centre for Internet Addiction
- Sober, B. W. (1983). Junk-time junkies: An emerging addiction among students. School Counselor, 31, 40-43.