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Addiction to Internet-next mental illness?

Internet Addiction

Is first thing you do when you wake up is grab your phone? Do you rather stay at home and hang out online than go out and socialize in real life? Do you check your phones during the meal? Do you feel the need to use the Internet with increasing amounts of time in order to achieve satisfaction? Do you stay online longer than originally intended? Do you feel restless, moody, depressed, or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop Internet usage?

If the answer to most of the questions is YES then there is a bad news for you!! You are suffering from internet addiction because you can’t just stop clicking!

The Internet has made life a lot easier by making information more accessible to all and creating connections with different people around the world. However, it has also led a lot of people to spend too much time in front of the computer, so much so that it becomes the centre of their lives. This can lead to a mental illness called Internet addiction.

People these days tend to develop an obsession with the Internet. And considering how common this obsession is nowadays, medical experts have termed it to be the Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD).

Internet addiction is described as an impulse control disorder, which does not involve use of an intoxicating drug and is very similar to pathological gambling. Some Internet users may develop an emotional attachment to the on-line friends and activities they create on their computer screens.

According to a study, researchers estimate that 6% of the world's population is addicted to the internet. The world's population is roughly 7 billion so that makes about 420 million people addicted to the internet. That’s a huge amount!

Internet addiction can lead to anger, depression, relief, mood swings, anxiety, fear, irritability, sadness, loneliness, boredom, restlessness, procrastination, and upset stomach. Being addicted to the Internet can also cause physical discomfort or medical problems such as: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, dry eyes, backaches, severe headaches, eating irregularities, (such as skipping meals), failure to attend to personal hygiene, sleep disturbance, unfinished tasks, forgotten responsibilities and weight gain.

A study, in which a group of people were asked questions, says that

  • Almost 12½ % often or very often were online longer than they intended
  • The same number had  seen a need to cut back on Internet usage at some point
  • Nearly 6% said that their relationships suffered as a result of too much time spent online
  • Over 8 % used the Internet as a method of escaping problems or to ease a negative frame of mind
  • Over 13½ % of people found it hard to stay away from the Internet for more than a few days

Luckily, there are ways to avoid living your life in front of the computer. Some countries are taking steps to eradicate internet addiction. China was among the first countries to call it a clinical disorder. You can also get rid of internet addiction and can get your life back. Stay happy and healthy by overcoming the mental illness!! Get back to living offline in the real world from living onscreen in a virtual world!!

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