Internet Addiction Disorder By : Ellelin Yap

20 Mar

                     Students nowadays seem not to value education which is an important legacy of their parents. Unlike those from older generations who spent a lot of time studying and researching, young teenagers today are just easy go lucky. They will research from the internet and copy and paste data. Information is more easily accessible, but they still don’t find time to gather them to help them in school. Instead, they are busy playing games, being involved in social networking sites and indulging in other forms of technology. Some of the parents are not aware of the attitude of their children towards their studies. These students need guidance from their parents.

With the growing importance of the Internet in everyday life, more and more people are accessing various on-line resources each day.  The World Wide Web is informative, convenient, resourceful, and fun.  For some people though–the addicted, for example–these benefits become detriments.  There are varying opinions on the subject, especially among those who utilize the Internet.  Some say that the Internet can be addicting, to the point that it disturbs one’s life and the lives of those around him.  Others say that there is no such thing as Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD).  Getting pleasure out of a computer is not the same as getting pleasure from cocaine or any other drug.  Whether it is a bona fide disorder or not, the Internet is certainly disrupting many people’s lives.

    

        I have asked a friend about internet addiction disorder because he is one of those teenagers who play online Internet games. He said that internet addiction can be viewed in a positive and negative way. “If you become the grand master (GM) in that game, it is fun. But if you start to play internet online games, you cannot quit it because of addiction,” he said.  “Your future will be damaged because you will cut class just to play and spend much money of your parents,” he also said.

      If you use too much computer everyday, then your  health condition will be damaged.  You will suffer ailments such as carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain , poor eye sight, and the like. But internet addiction can be prevented  if you have something else to do to kill time other than playing internet games. (“Internet addiction disorder,” 2011)

 

      We all enjoy the benefits of the Internet, and for many of us it is also an indispensable tool for work, education, and communication.  While time spent on the Internet can be hugely productive, for some people compulsive Internet use can interfere with daily life, work, and relationships.When you feel more comfortable with your online friends than your real ones, or you can’t stop yourself from playing games, gambling, or compulsively surfing, even when it has negative consequences in your life, then you may be using the Internet too much. Learn about the signs and symptoms of Internet addiction and how you can get balance back in your online life. (Saisan & Smith, 2011.)

 

Many teenagers today like to play internet online games and to engage in Social Networking. Just like any addiction, you have to be prepared to know about them so that you will not end up having an addiction to the Internet. The cause of Internet addictions is basically a need for something. Most of the time people do not realize that they become dependent on something until they are already addicted. They start out by playing a game on the Internet and find that it gives them pleasure. Then the next time they are on the Internet they play it again. Then they start going on the Internet just to play the games. It is the same for any type of Internet addiction. You start by being curious or just looking around on the web and find that you like it, and then keep going back to it. When you keep going back repeatedly, you create an addiction. Intenet Safety, an article from the internet, say that they are serious consequences of internet addiction.

 

 There are several consequences that can result from an Internet addiction. If you are addicted to cybersex, pornography, or have online affairs, then you might lose your spouse and your family. You also would most likely lose your job if anyone saw you looking at it at work. Don’t think that people can’t see what you are doing, because most of the time they can. (“Internet Safety ”  N.D , N.A)

 

Any time any addiction is pushed to the forefront of anyone’s life, a serious impact is felt. An Internet addiction can leave other people in your life feeling left out, worthless, and incredibly hurt. An addiction like this is filling a psychological need that the addicted person probably can’t identify. The first step is helping a person see that there is a serious issue here and the second step is seeking help together. If you believe that a friend or your spouse is suffering from Internet addiction, try talking to them about it and, if that fails, a group intervention may be necessary. An addiction of this sort very seldom gets better on its own.

 

Most of the consequences of Internet addiction are mentioned above, but one issue that is often not addressed is that when an addiction like this develops, it stops a person from growing, developing new interests, and leading anything resembling a normal life. Internet usage is a fun and interesting way to spend time, but just like with all aspects of life, it should be used in moderation. Interaction with the Internet should never supersede interaction with real people, no matter how tempting that alternate reality is. Help is out there for Internet addiction, so talk to your doctor to learn more. Nalwa and Anand (2003) conducted a study among Indian students between 16-18 years old in UCLA.

 

  Significant behavioral and functional usage differences were revealed between the two groups. Dependents were found to delay other work to spend time online, lose sleep due to late-night logons, and feel life would be boring without the Internet. The hours spent on the Internet by dependents were greater than those of non-dependents. On the loneliness measure, significant differences were found between the two groups, with the dependents scoring higher than the non-dependents. (Nalwa & Anand, 2003)

 

If you have an addiction to online gambling you could end up being thousands of dollars in debt. You could lose your home and possessions. You could end up filing for bankruptcy because you couldn’t control yourself. If you are addicted to gaming on the Internet you would be spending all you time doing that. You wouldn’t make time for friends or family, wouldn’t go to work, and would probably spend lots of money buying things for the game or merchandise from the game. Most people don’t recognize that they have an addiction or even an obsession. If you think that you might have an addiction, make sure that you get help. There are several websites that help people who have Internet addictions. They provide blogs with people to help, articles, books, professional help, and groups of people that are going through the same thing. If you are addicted to the Internet, talk with a friend and let them know that you need help and support so that you can get over your Internet addiction.

Reference : Interview by Elle. Yap [Personal Interview]. Internet addiction disorder.

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Copyright ©2010 The Korean Nutrition Society and the Korean Society of Community Nutrition. (2010, February 24). [Web log message]. Retrieved from

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2830415/

 

 

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