PBS defines Internet addiction as a disease that consumes your mind and can take over your actions — a physiological illness and can trap you in your own self.
Do you have an Internet Addiction Disorder?
If you’re reading this right now, you’re probably wondering if you are in fact an internet addict — most of us are — so here are some of the symptoms according to ‘Help Guide’.
Grab a pen and paper — or your ipad — and tick off your symptoms. No cheating!
Losing Track of Time Online
You know what I mean when I say that. You’re looking at the clock on your laptop and you see that it might be 3:30 in the afternoon. Suddenly, ‘five minutes’ later, it’s 7pm. We’ve all had that happen.
Isolation from Friends and Family
Neglecting your family and friends because you are too consumed in your online life — and no, following their instagram accounts does not count.
Feeling Guilty or Defensive about Your Internet Use
We’ve all had that moment where we were trying to convince others — maybe ourselves too — that our Internet use is purely for educational purposes. Or our parents are just nagging us to get off that computer so you can go out and ‘socialize’ with real, live people.
Treat Your ‘Disorder’!
Chinese physiologists call this a clinical disorder resulting in the rise of rehabilitation clinics created to ‘deprogram’ the patients of this illness. One of the rehab centers is the Qihang Salvation Training Camp located in rural China.
“…. We call it electronic heroin.” Said a program administrator from the rehabilitation center when asked about the obsessive use of technology. Grab your iphone and download the expedia app for the latest flight deals if you fancy a visit!
By Hessa Al-Kubaisi
Photo By Aya Ibrahim