Are you addicted?
Do you feel absorbed with the internet?
Do you feel unsatisfied unless you increase your time online?
Are you unable to control your internet use?
Do you become anxious and depressed when you reduce the amount of time that you spend online?
Do you stay online longer than you intended?
Has your internet use put your job or your relationships at risk?
Have you lied about how much time you spend online?
Do you use the internet to escape your feelings and to avoid emotional pain?
If you answered yes to most of these questions, you may have an internet addiction. Whether you are a native to internet use and have been using it all of your life, or are an internet immigrant like me, we can all agree that internet use makes so many things in our lives easier.
But as most of you know, it has its drawbacks, too. Studies show that the most successful internet users are able to set limits on their internet use. They live a balanced life.
The internet is indeed an amazing tool. We just need to make sure that other areas in our life do not suffer as a result of being overly connected and therefore disconnected.
What are your thoughts? Do you believe that internet addiction is real? Is it a mental health disorder?