Psychiatrists' diagnosis is clear: Extensive and abusive use of the internet is a grave addiction that can destroy your life together with that of your loved ones, family and friends, coworkers and other life partners in your entourage.
Like any other addiction the hardest part is to make the patient (Yes is about a sick person) to admit he's addicted, other wise no treatment will be effective, don't even bother to begin one.
Many of the addicted agnowledge the fact of being hoocked on their computer but it doesn't seem to be concerned by the flaw, live along with it considering is a lifestyle like another, a hoby or a sport pthers kill their time. Here is what on of them had to say:
"When I turn my computer on as soon as I wake up, I click on Microsoft Outlook for email and Internet Explorer. I have google.com, nbcnews.com, facebook.com, Netflix.com, and twitter.com as home pages.
I find nbcnews.com and netflix.com the most addictive at this moment in time. I have to read the news multiple times a day to make sure I'm not missing breaking news. I have to be there as soon as something big happens right from the start. When they were looking for the Boston bomber, I was in a frenzy. I had the TV on behind me and I was reading twitter reports from Boston.com and began posting it on Facebook.
Three other people joined in we were all posting the latest news. I remember when they said they were going to stop looking for him and then I heard on TV that shots were fired and went into a frenzy again posting on Facebook. I was addicted to Facebook, until my obsession with Netflix began."
Followed by READING NEWS: yes you heard it, I have no reason why, but I crave for a lot of information that seems to be so irrevant to my life, as a result, I literally spend hours digging for useless information on the internet from news sites (Especially CNN.com)."
So? Is this the kind of addiction leading to self destruction?
I'd like to know more about the person, how this addiction affected all aspects of his life. I'll never know, because the person came on line telling us"read what I said and never mind what my name is" Nevertheless, was wondering, being thirsty for information and knowledge make a person ubnormal? Or maybe the internet made us smarter?
Lets move to the next statement:
MMORPG's & games with chat features. World of Warcraft, Smeet, Second Life, Wartune and the like. I don't know why I noticed when I play games like that I am entertained by the game itself, while I release my anger & frustrations at other people.
I guess what I'm trying to say is... I bully people online. Insulting people makes me feel good, even though I know it isn't right! And I know it angers me when someone has a "better" insult than I do. It pleases me when people agree or add onto my insults at others.
I don't know why & I carry the guilt of being childish for doing such things. But for some reason though I don't feel guilty for hurting people. There are times, however, that I feel nothing but nice too. It's like I judge who I feel deserves my positive or negative attention. If someone says something that I think is stupid, I purposely find a way to insult them.
I think it's an attention or control thing, I just don't know. I was abused & bullied throughout my life; I don't know if that has something to do with it, maybe? Anyway, that's my internet addiction.
I also feel the need to keep more internet friends (the people I seem to not want to insult) than I do IRL friends. Maybe it's because I know I will never meet them so I don't feel intimidated by being judged or treated in a negative way? I don't have to see them everyday, type thing. Idk. hat seems to be so irrevant to my life, as a result, I literally spend hours digging for useless information on the internet from news sites (Especially CNN.com
This, brings us closer to the subject. That's the behavior most analysts are interested of. Using the internet for the purpose of expressing sinister thoughts eventually executed by firing from the keyboard. Or maybe you're using your right of speech in response to someone who first used HIS right of speech to insult somebody else?
That's what I'll try to explain in the entries coming ahead. Stay tuned.