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Internet Addiction?

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by sammy, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. sammy

    sammy Active Contributor

    Do you think people can truly become addicted to the Internet? Maybe a more accurate way to say it would be that people become addicted to certain sites they visit? Or do people just become addicted to the always on, constant flow of information that the Internet provides?
  2. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    People can be addicted to the internet. You may think it's one site you are addicted to but the web is inter-linked so you'll be hopping from site to site whether you planned to or not.

    Anyway, the reason some people get addicted to the internet is because of it's interactive nature. It's very much like a silent friend who knows exactly what you need.

    Looking for something? Google will find it for you.

    Bored? Youtube vids can be your best friend?

    Want to chat with someone? You'll find people on social media and forums who will to chat with you.

    However spending too much time on the net will also have some negative consequences. You'll lose touch with everything else that matters.
  3. Ronsa

    Ronsa Active Contributor

    I find it is not difficult to get addicted to internet addiction because of its interactive elements. Nothing else acts like interacting on the internet. It seems everything is under your control. It is pleasurable experience. So internet addiction can be a cause of dissatisfactory experience about life in reality. However, spending too much time on it so that normal life is affected will do no good to our life.
  4. valiantx

    valiantx Community Champion

    As I posted in a another post, any thinking and doing can become a addiction. Addictions are natural phenomenons which happens when one simply forgo the control to moderate one's thinking and actions for something he/she believe is beneficial to their self, which one may even be aware, be unaware, could care not, care less, or be too ecstatic to see the possible malignancy of one's addictions. The internet, can be a personal or social addiction, and it can be a very bad one.
  5. SuphaflyUK

    SuphaflyUK Member

    I'm addicted to it for sure. If I can't get internet, either via Wi fi or Mobile network I react in a similar way to when I have run out of drink and money to buy drink. I get angry, nervous and irritable!

    Its weird though because in the 80's when I grew up there were no mobile phones, no internet, 4 channels on tv and we managed just fine without.
  6. Serena

    Serena Active Contributor

    I think that it is possible for people to become addicted to the internet in general and not just with certain sites. Some people experience the same withdrawal symptoms that they experience with drugs or alcohol if they cannot use the internet. How can one overcome this type of addiction?
  7. SuphaflyUK

    SuphaflyUK Member

    It reminds me of those videos of kids who get their World of Warcraft account cancelled or something like that. It's insane but hilarious to watch them behave as if their life is over.

    For me, when I was in rehab for the two times I did it, there was no internet at all. Everything was focused on yourself, working on you. If one can possibly bring that into their lives in the world then they have a chance. Getting outside, going for walks, reading, exercise, socialising, hobbies - all these things can help at least balance your life so you are not on the web all the time.
  8. Ronsa

    Ronsa Active Contributor

    I agree with you, valiantx. You are so right. People are usually more concern about the addiction to drugs, alcohols or smoking. However, addictions are not confined to those things or activities, though the other addictions may not be so damaging and destructive.
  9. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    I am pretty sure that people can be addicted to the internet, that has happened to me, not severely, but I have experienced it. We begin to live in function of that virtual life and that is not healthy at all.
  10. Ronsa

    Ronsa Active Contributor

    I shared the same feelings. I believe I am addicted to internet, too. When I am not able to access to the internet, I feel nervous and irritable. It is difficult for me to cut off from internet connection. When I do not need to work, the most important things will be using the internet.
  11. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    I used to feel like that, I was addicted first to playing chess online, than poker, than a games forum I loved, but lately all that is behind and I use it less and less, I just have too many other things to do.
  12. Ronsa

    Ronsa Active Contributor

    I was addicted to an online game. I got hooked to the game so much that I always get myself online to check the status and play the game a bit. I knew I was addicted because I would wake up at the middle of the night just to get myself connected. How bad and stressful to my life!
  13. sammy

    sammy Active Contributor

    I think overcoming an internet addiction might actually be a bit challenging in this day and age. Since it's quite possible that a person would legitimately need to access the Internet for school or work so the option to avoid it all together would be difficult. There are monitoring apps and software available to download so that is always an option and it's possible to restrict a network connection in your home to only certain hours.
  14. kevinkimers

    kevinkimers Community Champion

    ~stands up~ Hi my name is Kimberly and I'm an internet junkie.

    Yes you can get addicted. I did not realize how bad I was addicted to the internet until I lost internet access for a year (long story). I almost went nuts. I had no cell phone, no internet, no computer, heck not even a TV or radio. I was in complete black out. Now that I am back on, I am not as internet crazy as I was before. I actually leave my computer and go play with my dogs, whereas before I would spend from sun up to sun down on the net without moving.
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  15. Nick W.

    Nick W. Community Listener Community Listener

    I think that you can find more than a few research papers that show a change in brain chemistry when it comes to true "internet addiction". Now, we may be talking about the difference between "Mental" and "Physical" addiction, or compulsion, but at the end of the day, if it's harmful, it should be looked into.
  16. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    That is a fascinating concept Nick, in fact our brain chemistry is something most people are unaware of, but that chemistry does determine our actions...
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  17. XiaoDre

    XiaoDre Active Contributor

    I will admit that I am addicted to the internet. I am always on the internet all day everyday. I work online doing part time jobs. I am also addicted to social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and also Youtube. Even if I take a break and maybe leave the house, do chores, or have company, I always go directly to the internet as soon as I get the chance. Also if I am not home, I will be logged on to the internet from my phone on social media sites. The internet is very popular and addictive and I can't seem to stay away from it.
  18. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    At the moment I don't think I am addicted, I mean, I am 8-10 hours per day online, but this summer on vacation I was a whole month without it, no problems.
  19. Nick W.

    Nick W. Community Listener Community Listener

    I spend about 15-18 hrs a day on the internet. Now, I also happen to work online, and have family across the country and globe, so it makes communication a helluva lot easier. I wouldn't say that I was "addicted" because I use it for a purpose, and it's an essential part of my day/life.
  20. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    Wow, 18 hours per day it's a lot Nick, you only sleep 6 hours? I guess that when we work online that can happen, my whole time at the office is in front of the computer, but I think I never was so many hours online.