Signs of Internet Addiction

Excessive internet use should be defined as 'in terms of losses' as Maressa Hecht Orzack said. He is the professor at a Harvard University and director of Computer Addiction Services at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts.

According to him, too much means when you start losing something from your life or usual activities as a result of the computer/internet activities. Orzack lists the following among the psychological symptoms or signs of computer addiction:
  • Having a sense of well-being or euphoria while at the computer.
  • Craving more and more time at the computer.
  • Neglect of family and friends.
  • Feeling empty, depressed or irritable when not at the computer.
  • Lying to employers and family about activities.
  • Inability to stop the activity.
  • Problems with school or job.
While the physical symptoms could be dry eyes, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines, backaches, skipping meals, poor personal hygiene and sleep disturbances.

A girl looking to computer screen.

It is okay to spend time on the internet, but don't let other things start to slip away from your life. :)

Read also:
Techno Hazard: A New Monster in Our Neighborhood and How to Handle Them.

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