Don’t Let Internet Addiction Disorder Creep inside Your Home!
Internet provides a constant, ever-changing source of information and entertainment. Easy availability of Internet over the next-gen devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops, and more has made the Internet popular among all age-groups. A Cyberoam NetGenie research cites Internet Addiction Disorder to be the most common reasons for the use of the Internet. But how much is “too much” Internet usage? This makes it imperative for us to understand the next question...
Internet Addiction Disorder - What is it?
Any kind of addiction – be it drugs, gambling, alcohol, always gives a high that affects our brain’s chemical responses. Internet too gives a “high” to its users. It is generally termed as the Internet Addiction Disorder. This disorder is fairly new and scarce and Internet addiction is not yet recognized as a formal mental health disorder. But it especially affects young minds that grow up on a staple digital-screen diet.
Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) - also known as computer addiction or online addiction, refers to a problematic use of Internet. Many people believe that spending longer hours on the Internet is the primary symptom of this disorder. However, the amount of time spent online, by itself, is not so important a factor as the ways in which the person's Internet use interferes with his/her daily functioning. Internet use may start interfering with the social life, school assignments, or projects in the workplace. The evil part of IAD arises out of a variety of impulse-control problems, including compulsive use of Internet pornography, compulsive online gaming, Cyber sex, cyber-relationship addiction, addiction to social networking, chat rooms, and messaging to the point where virtual (read online) friends become more important than real-life relationships with family and friends.
How is it caused?
Most people turn to Internet to relieve themselves from feelings of stress, depression, loneliness. Internet is an easy way to handle difficult feelings and situations. The balance is however lost when people lose control on their Internet usage and they start ignoring work, family, and social life and become an addict.
Signs and Symptoms
The most common symptom of Internet addiction is excessive time devoted to Internet use. Other symptoms of addiction may include lack of sleep, tiredness, declining grades for kids at school, poor job performance, laziness, and racing thoughts. Addicted people lose track of time spent online, have trouble in completing tasks at home and work, feel isolated from family and friends and feel a sense of ecstasy while using Internet. The person may be irritable when offline, or angry toward anyone who questions their time on the Internet.
How to deal with it?
To treat Internet addiction, it is important for people to engage in social activities outside the Internet. Internet addiction can also be treated by encouraging other interests, hobbies and getting more social in real world than virtual world. The use of Internet should be monitored extensively and victims should get help from medical counsellors. The best way to prevent young people from becoming Internet addicts is educate them how to normally satisfy their desires in daily life and cope up with difficult situations.
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