So today I was sitting at Tim Horton’s for lunch. Even though I was only there for 15 minutes, in these 15 min. I watched how one police car swung by the drive-in, then another, then another! I laughed and told my friend that I thought the police must have a doughnut addiction! We laughed and talked about weird addictions and I even google’ed it when I came home and there I found something strange – Internet Addiction Disorder.
The newest now accepted disorder – wow that’s crazy isn’t it?
Have a look at my Storify about the disorder; it sums up some of the views and facts about the disorder: http://storify.com/StineRathcke/internet-addiction-disorder-iad
Did you watch it – what do you think?
So my main theme this couple of weeks has been focused on looking at the positive, negative and mostly humoristic consequences of using the Internet and the smartphone 24/7. But I never realized that something this serious would happened if you were using the Internet too much. Are you a bit worried too? So I searched the Internet (wee, way to go on the subject of Internet addiction! I wonder if it is even possible to look this disease up in a book?!), and look for some of the signs of being an Internet addict. The addiction covers a variety of impulse-control problem and the most common are:
- Cybersex Addiction – compulsive use of Internet pornography, adult chat rooms, or adult fantasy role-play sites impacting negatively on real-life intimate relationships.
- Cyber-Relationship Addiction – addiction to social networking, chat rooms, texting, and messaging to the point where virtual, online friends become more important than real-life relationships with family and friends.
- Net Compulsions – such as compulsive online gaming, gambling, stock trading, or compulsive use of online auction sites such as eBay, often resulting in financial and job-related problems.
- Information Overload – compulsive web surfing or database searching, leading to lower work productivity and less social interaction with family and friends.
- Computer Addiction – obsessive playing of off-line computer games, such as Solitaire or Minesweeper, or obsessive computer programming.
Sooo.. This is bad, I could recognized myself in some of them.
Especially the Information Overload – every f****ing time that I have to do a very important exam I spend too much time on Facebook trying to forget what I actually should be doing, and Computer Addiction – one word … Candy Crush..
What about you? Would love if you would post a comment on your Internet Addiction Disorder – if mine were Candy Crush, which is yours? J