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How to Break Internet Addiction?

Updated on April 2, 2011

Internet addiction

People around the world suffer from many addictions. Some of these addictions are so worse that it can finish their lives others are a nuisance to their routine activities or have minor effects on health. In the endless list of addiction there is a new one called as computer-addiction or cyber-addiction, internet-addiction and internet mania. Believe it or not this is reality and scientists around the world are conducting researches on the pathological effects of internet-addiction. Though internet addiction is not harmful to health until people are involved in internet gambling or cyber-sexual addiction. Other addictions can be very harmful but internet addiction can only become a hindrance in normal activities. On the other hand if a person is compulsively involved IN internet gambling and e-shopping then it can have many negative effects on his personality.

Internet was developed to be a helpful tool but it has become a way of life and today it is responsible for setting new trends in life. E-commerce and cyber societies are new trends that have entirely changed the way we lived few years back. For example sometime back a nerd was person who was either shy of social gatherings or was so much interested in studies and learning that he had no time for social life. Today cyber-nerds are all the time hooked to the internet and are thought to be much more fashionable and social than their other counterparts.

Internet addiction also give rise to a new addiction can be called as gadgetaria. Looking at the changing trends companies have developed gadgets that can let an internet-freak switched online while laying, walking, working and in any other place and situation.I hope you wont be finding some of these words in dictionary because the dear dictionary cannot bear the weight of these heavy words.

Internet Usage by Children:

The usage of internet has increased to greater extent and we cannot ignore the benefits and drawbacks of it. Children are as much addicted to internet as adults and they are more prone to use negative features. The problem is that many times children use computer un-assisted and as a result they are exposed to many websites that are not healthy for them. Will you allow your kid to watch pornography without any restriction? Would you allow your kid to spend time with a person whom you or even he does not know a little? And will you let your child talk to a person who is lieng in most about his life and personality? These are important questions to ask before letting your child in front of internet. Children spend so much time infront of internet that in near future they will write their leave applications something like this; With due respect I am suffering from internet-fever as a result I have pain in every nook of my body. Kindly accept my leave..................etc etc. Guess what will be teachers reply " my poor pumpkin! don't worry I am suffering from it too and your leave is very logical"..........

Few years back parents were concerned about the TV addiction and surveys at that ime indicated that kids are spending more and more time watching TV. Though internet has reduced the time they watch TV. But while comparing from TV internet is full of information and it helps in the psychological, social and mental growth. For that purpose their are many websites that provide educational games and quizzes for kids of all ages. This also needs parents supervision, without supervision kids feel more attracted towards stuff that can degrade their personalities and that is available openly on the internet free of charge. When TV addiction was too much prevalent Roald Dahl wrote his poem Television and described the negative effects of TV but if he was alive today he would have written for the internet-freaks rather than writing for couch-potatoes.

Signs that Prove that you are a True Internet-Freak:

You name your kids and pets on the names of your favorite websites.

If you check your mails in the mid-night.

You create new words each day and feel yourself to be the next Roald Dahl.

Some Serious Symptoms of Internet Addiction:

Now get back to serious issues. There are certain serious symptoms that you can check for if you are suffering from it or not:

Severe Backache


Puffiness under the eyes

Dark circles


Poor vision

Stiff neck

Obesity regardless of the fact that you don't eat too much or don't have family history

Facts and Figures Regarding Internet Addiction:

In many of the developed societies people spend more than 6 hours a day in front of this mighty box online, while the time they spend offline has been excluded. In USA alone in 1994 on average 14% of the population used internet, in 1998 it raised to 32%, in 2000 it reached 50% and in 2010 it has reached to the highest peak of 80%. Americans spend 60 hours online a month. 55% of Americans use internet everyday. Around the globe 22% of people spend time in emails and searching, 36% of people spend time in social networking , while 42% spend time in viewing content. Google is the most popular brand on internet. Facebook is third most popular and YouTube fifth one.

One research says that 50% of the people who go online lie about their age, weight, gender, marital status or income. As a result the habit of laing is also increased with the use of internet.

A newspaper quoted a research which said that a keyboard contains more germs than a toilet seat. Pooh! its not good. But people still have to use it in public areas like like in educational institutes, libraries, cyber-shops and in many other places.

I am also part of it so till science proves any harmful effects of internet-mania let me finish my hub. Who knows later on I have to quit it for the better.


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      3 years ago

      I concur with Dennis and Scott that adcidtion is a chronic condition. Assuming I worked at a public treatment center there are several things I would do to further the work of aligning this belief to what is actually practiced in our profession. Direct work with clients and families would include the education piece about how adcidtion is like having cancer, not like having a really bad case of the measles. Framing the issue of chronic vs. acute this way is crucial to helping all involved take the long view of success. Group work with a mixed-stage set of clients over an extended number of sessions as in Weegmann and English, skyped or cell phone based assertive continuing care, in-person quarterly RMC's, would all be woven into my practice (assuming my agency was supportive). Much systemic work is needed to spread this vital reframing of adcidtion as a chronic condition. From an education standpoint, this concept and practice is not a hard shift to sell, but many of these shifts will cost money. When it comes down to dollars that is a different story. From all levels within the agency, to community, state and federal funding sources both education and advocacy is necessary. I am ready to sign up for the sustained push that is required for progress to be made. Taking these sytemic changes even further into the very critical need for overall change in our nation’s adcidtion treatment and aftercare structure. Toward that end I agree with McClellan and Meyers and say increases in funding support are needed to implement best practices in treating adults, adolescents, those who are dually diagnosed and incarcerated.

    • gulnazahmad profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pakistan

      Actually Umar if you know why you got into this addiction and you are really an addicted person you can easily get out of it too. It is just a matter of being aware that you are getting addicted to it and also is this addiction taking you to the right way or wrong.

    • umar.shehzad profile image


      7 years ago from Pakistan

      but you haven't mentioned how to get rid of the addiction. did you?


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