Coping with Internet Addiction

September 25th, 20124:44 pm @

We all know and love the internet, right? It provides us with information, recreation, keeping us in touch with friends and family. But how much browsing is too much?

With the prevalence of social networking, online chat, and massive multiplayer online games (MMOs), a growing percentage of the populace now faces internet addiction. When the online world becomes disruptive to the offline world, internet addiction shows its ugly side.

How much is too much?

Well, that’s a tricky question. With more of our life revolving around online activities, it may be challenging to identify web addiction.

Losing time to the online world may be an indication of Internet addiction. General social isolation or distancing yourself from family and friends are other potential symptoms. Feelings of shame or guilt about time spent online also points to Internet addiction.

How do you know when you or a loved one is addicted to the internet? Possible symptoms include a significant weight gain or loss, difficulty sleeping, eye strain, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (pain in the wrists or hands) are all possible symptoms of Internet addiction.

Online addiction is no different from gambling or drug addiction. It affects a great number of people. Much like other addictions, there are changes you can make to your life.

It’s important to be aware of the amount of time you spend online. Set up time away from the internet—time to socialize, exercise or read. And if you’re still unable to change your disruptive internet usage or that of a loved one, there are professional channels available.

Internet addiction is a disease, and help is available.