WYSONG e-HEALTH LETTER
can be addicting. It's the same old story; the dose makes
the poison. How do you know if you are addicted? The
addicting thing dominates life. Life seems incomplete without
it. Any threat to its continuance brings forth defensive
rage. Criticism of it results in twisted self-justifying
For adults, there are five distinct forms of cyber addiction: cyber sexual (continually engaged in viewing, downloading and trading online pornography), cyber-relational (overly involved in online relationships or engaged in virtual adultery), Net gaming addiction (obsessed with online gambling, game playing, shopping, auctions or stock trading), information overload (too much time searching, collecting and organizing information), and computer addiction (examples include endlessly playing computer games or habitual tweaking of settings, file management and other administrative computer functions).
People who are isolated, prone to boredom, lonely or sexually anorexic are much more susceptible to becoming addicted to online games. Having low self-esteem or poor body image are also important factors. In most cases, excessive computer use may be symptomatic of other, more primary disorders. Psychiatric disorders most usually associated with this addiction are bipolar disorders.
Some of the psychological symptoms experienced by adult addicts include having a sense of well-being or euphoria while at the computer, inability to stop, craving more and more time at the computer, neglecting family and friends, feeling empty, depressed or irritable when not at the computer, and lying to family or an employer about computer activities. There are growing numbers of divorces, child neglect cases and loss of jobs associated with compulsive use of Internet games. (The game EverQuest™ was implicated in the death of a Florida infant, whose father allegedly was so devoted to the game he fatally neglected the child. Another man committed suicide while playing this game.)
Common physical problems stemming from computer overuse by adults include seizures, carpal tunnel syndrome, dry eyes, migraine headaches, backaches, eating irregularities, neglecting personal hygiene, and changes in sleep patterns.
Parents need to take control of their kids' time. Make video
game playing come at a price. For every hour playing video
games, that's one less hour watching T.V. For every hour
playing video games, two hours must be spent outside, playing
with friends, doing some chores or the like. They must be
distracted from this powerfully addicting habit and the life laziness
it creates. Let them know you consider it a danger to them.
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