I read this article that suggests addiction to the internet is now a recognised illness. Some symptoms of the disorder include excessive use, withdrawal and feelings of anger when the computer is not accessible and the need for better computers and more software. A case study carried out in South Korea found that 10 people have died of blot clots because they remained seated for long periods of time in internet cafes. It also found that around 210,000 children are affected and are in need of treatment. Apparently if you answer yes to five or more of the following questions you could suffer from it.
• Do you feel preoccupied with the internet? (Think about your online activity or anticipate your next online session.)
• Do you need increasing amounts of time on the net in order to achieve satisfaction?
• Have you repeatedly made unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back or stop internet use?
• Do you feel restless, moody, depressed, or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop internet use?
• Do you stay online longer than originally intended?
• Have you jeopardised or risked the loss of a significant relationship, job, educational or career opportunity because of the internet?
• Have you lied to family members, a therapist or others to conceal the extent of your involvement with the internet?
• Do you use it to escape from problems (eg, feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, depression)?
I answered yes to just the fifth question. How many did you answer yes to?