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Computer Addiction

Updated on May 20, 2013


Too much of anything is bad for you, such as eating ice cream too fast, can give you brain freeze. Hearing music, or noise, for long extended periods of time, can lead to a headache. But did you know that over excessive use of the computer is not good for you either. As we all know the computer is a great way to learn, help others, keep in touch, and track personal life's. But the computer is also a very sharp mind twisting weapon, that we all should become aware and conscious of its manipulation. It is very easy to find yourself, over excessive, and that can inter fear greatly with normal life. When this occurs, it is known as Computer addiction, or computer rage. How you use the computer , is different from how some one else uses the computer Where one person might find the computer only useful for working, another might use the computer for socially connecting. Although the time you use, can very per-person, job or requirements of its use.


The term computer addiction was first used in 1979, by Nicholas Ruch-by. Nicholas who was a British writer who published Introduction to Educational Computing. Within the pages, of his book he warns of withdrawing symptoms, and issues. Although therapist have mentioned the disorder in small groups, it was never proposed as a threatening disorder until 1995. When Ivan Goldberg M.D had taken courses on implosive gambling, where he then had compared the description's and started to get it passed as a disorder. However, as of 2013 it still is not passed.

How to Identify

People all over the world, use the computer to deal with their co-dependence. Which simple means substituting their emotions, of fear, stress, loneliness, depression, and anxiety with an addiction. For example lets say you had a terrible day at work, your necktie tried to feed itself to the paper shredder. After work , you could go have some tacos with the guys. But instead you decide to go home, and play angry birds. Well if you would find yourself doing this on a regular basis, your friends might assume you no longer like them. This is where it crosses the border line, into addiction.

There are warning signs, that you are border lining having fun, and addiction. If you feel concerned about being borderline, than here are a few pointers, to check. If you meet any of the following requirements:

  • If you find your self making excuses, for the amount of time.

  • Having a mini fridge under your desk, so you wont have to walk to the fridge.

  • If you attempt to you the computer for an hour, and ten hours go by.

  • If you start feeling pain in wrist and arms, or have been diagnosed with carpel tunnel.

  • If your walking up, with your head on the key pad.

  • If you find your computer having a virus, infection, or other related issues. You have a feeling of anxiety.

  • Relentless need, or want, to spend ungodly amount of hours in front of the computer.

  • Neglecting your responsibility of personal care, or household chores do to the computer.

  • Having emotions, of emptiness, irritability, or moodiness, when not able to use the computer.

Side Effects

Anything we use, repeatedly can have a toll effect upon are body's, the same applies with a computer addiction. There are negative effects that are body's can experience, that will affect are home, work, social and recreational life. If you thing your addicted to the computer, you might be suffering from the following conditions:

  • Spending over financial limit, on computer accessories

  • Loss of a relationship, whether it be friendship, family, or significant other

  • Loss of job productivity, which leads to a loss of employment

  • Giving up personal goals, and dreams

  • Dropping out of college,

  • An emotion of failure, do to lack of control of computer usage, despite efforts to curve control

  • Poor self-esteem, do to lacking responsibility's

  • Lack of hygiene do too involvement with your computer usage, which causes lack of personal hygiene.


It seems almost unpractical to literally jump into the computer world, but that is far from true. It's not a physical jump, it's a mental leap. That feels so realistic to the mind, that it becomes rather difficult to leave. The best way to explain what it does, to the mind is through a metaphorical meaning. For example lets say you have a magnet in one hand, and a piece of metal in the other. Once you connect the two, it becomes stuck, like they become one, until you pry them apart. The magnet is your mind, and the metal is the computer.

But not only does the computer have a mental pull to it, it also depends on how strong of a pull your mind has. If you have ever been diagnosed with anxiety. Chances are that you use the computer as a dependency, to deal with short-term stress relief. The same can apply for depression, how it leads to an alternate reality.


Unlike most things in life, breaking the computer addiction, is a lot easier than presumed. It's easy enough to do by yourself, if your willing enough to quite. Its important to know, that just as easy as it is to slip out of, it's just that easy to fall back again. That is why its nice to have family, friends, a religious official, therapist, or councilor there to coach you along.

Emotional Treatment

It's important to recognize if there is an emotion underlining the computer usage. Have you been under more stress than usual? what about your anxiety levels are they any higher? Are you feeling depressed? Sometimes a person's computer usage is a way to escape form an emotion. With writing down your emotions, allows you to release them into the atmosphere. Once your done writing them, you can share them with therapist, friends, family, councilors, or whom ever you might feel needs to hear them. If you don't want anyone to hear them, a great alternative is putting them in your outdoor grill and setting them a blaze. ( I would not suggest this, if your eighteen years or younger).

Timing Treatment

The second step, is to learn how to limit your time, on the computer. A great way to do this, is by using a shutdown computer timer. There are many of them available to download for free. This is a great way to make sure that your time is getting limited. Many people use just a regular egg timer for this. As for myself, I believe in using an automatic computer timer, that way, you are able of locking yourself out for a set amount of time. This can help you make your appointments, classes, and jobs.

Hobby Treatment

The third step, is to learn a new hobby, activity, sport or class. Accomplish that dream, goal, or achievement, or other, that you have had your mind-set on. Learn how to cook, or take a cooking class. Go fishing, or learn how to fish. Learn how to sew, knit, or crochet. What ever you have wanted to do this is your chance, to finally do what you truly wish.


It is important to know that you're not alone, there are thousands of people who suffer from the same issues. There are therapist, counselors, religious officials, and more that are willing to invest their time to help. They can be found in the phone book, as well as online. Sometimes a person does needs in care treatment for their computer addiction. So don't be afraid to ask, they are there around the clock to aid your needs.


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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Interesting and helpful Hub.