Internet addiction is not even an ‘official’ condition yet, but the reality is that a lot of people have already succumbed to the temptation of constantly going online until such point that it takes over their lives in general.
There are many temptations presented by the Internet to an average user.
Online shopping, social networking sites, gaming, online gambling, pornography, and even blogging can be considered as addictive.
Just as it is with any other type of addiction or compulsive behavior, there are consequences which are presented to a person with an Internet addiction problem.
Here are some of the symptoms of Internet addiction. First, instead of spending your time attending to household chores, looking after your children or fulfilling any other family or social obligations, you would rather spend a solitary time in front of the computer.
Second, if you cannot bear the thought of ‘disconnecting’ from the rest of the world even just for a day, you may be an Internet addict.
Third, compulsive Internet users are defensive when confronted about the amount of time that they are spending on the Internet.
If you think that you, a friend or a family member is addicted to the Internet, there are several treatment options available.
With the help of a psychologist who is knowledgeable about the effects of Internet addiction and how they can be treated, your situation will be fixed even before it affects your social and professional life.
The twelve-step goal to being Internet-free is one of the approaches to treatment that may be used.
Family therapy or support groups will also be a big help for a person who is a compulsive user of the Internet.
Setting personal goals for yourself and keeping track of your Internet usage on a regular basis are the self-help methods that you can use to cure your addiction.
All in all, Internet addiction is something which should be treated accordingly so that it will not have a negative impact to your life in general.