Dependence on new technologies can cause a deterioration of personal relationships and alter the normal course of life.
Addiction to the Internet in first person
Internet addiction should be prevented from early childhood, through medical, social and educational channels, psychoeducation with families and children, advising on the correct use of new technologies and warning about the possible risks of improper use.
An addiction to the Internet is when someone cannot carry out a satisfactory life due to the excessive and uncontrolled use of the Internet, whether it may be online games, social networks, shopping, watching all kinds of videos, or surfing.
As happens with other types of addictions, people with this addiction show:
Irritability and unease when they are unable to access the Internet, a state that is known as withdrawal.
A need to keep on increasing the time connected in order to feel satisfied, a process that is known as tolerance.
Difficulties in maintaining normal activities, such as family relationships, academic performance, and pleasure or sports activities with friends.
Do you want to know if you are a Tech Addict?
Do you think about the Internet all the time?
Do you need to be connected increasingly longer?
Have you tried to reduce the time connected, but have not achieved it?
Do you get in a bad mood when you cannot be connected?
Do you have any problem at home, with your friends or in high school because of the Internet?
Despite these problems, do you still continue to be connected?
If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, it is likely that you have a problem of addiction to the Internet.
Types of Internet Addiction
More than a single disorder, “addiction to the Internet” includes different problems:
Addiction to video games. Excessive use of video games and computer games. Games such as World of Warcraft (WoW), League of Legends (LoL), Fortnite, Minecraft, Pokemon Go, Mario Kart, or Candy Crush, are those that are ultimately more addictive for adolescents.
Addiction to social networks: Excessive use of social networks like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. The individuals with this problem review the “wall”, publish updates, comment on photos, or read updates of others constantly. Social interactions through the Internet can become more common and important than relationships in person.
Addiction to betting games. Unlike that of videogames, the main reason for individuals with addiction to betting games is to win money.
Addiction to online entertainment. It is defined as excessive visits to web pages or watching videos online (YouTube). It can often be seen as a way of occupying free time or delaying obligations.
Addiction to pornography or cybersex. It involves the compulsive watching and collecting of pornography online or excess use of chat or video services for adults.