In our busy lives, many people find that being connected to the internet helps them feel connected to the world. When we don’t have time to spend with others, we keep in touch and stay up-to-date online. Without internet access, we feel disconnected.
Additionally, the internet and our smartphones make a lot of things at work and home quicker and easier.
But have you gone too far? Are you addicted to the internet?
Problematic use of the internet comes in many forms, from excessive internet gaming to computer use that facilitates pathological gambling.
Regardless of what addictive behavior is being sought out and performed online—shopping, gambling, gaming, etc.—all internet addictions involve excessive internet use that interferes with a person’s well-being.
Addiction, whether to a substance or behavior, brings detrimental consequences to the person with the problem and to their loved ones. When it comes to internet addiction, the consequences involve both mental health and social issues.
While these social disruptions may appear harmless on the surface, they are not. When left untreated, IAD can wreak havoc on a person’s life. If you’re struggling with an internet addiction, I’d love to speak with you.