Computer and Cyberspace Addiction
A debate is rising among psychologists. With the explosion of passion for the Internet, some people seem to be a little too excited. Some people spend much time there. This is a different type of addiction that has invaded the human psyche?
Psychologists are not even sure how to call this phenomenon. Some labels it as “Internet addiction.” But many people are addicted to their computers long before the Internet in their lives. Some people are very attached to the computer and not even think about the Internet. Maybe we should call the phenomenon of “computer addiction.” . Now seemingly mundane and almost accepted addiction that some people develop for video games. Video games are computers too … very specific computers, but computers,.
Various segments of society are addicted with computers. Some children are missing from the schools for enjoying some games,viewing some videos on computers in the absence of their parents or in net cafes. Some ladies are addicted to chatting so much that they forget their home responsibilities. Many a times teenagers gets involved on face book or Orkut or some such programs innocently and get trapped in the hands of bad people ,who try to exploit them in various manners and become victims of sex scandals.
There may be some other social aspects which contribute to this type of addiction – like divorce, loosing the job, some facinating hobby and many more, here people want to get themselves engaged in something.
“Addictions” – defined very loosely – can be healthy, unhealthy, or a mixture of both. If you are fascinated by a hobby, feel devoted to it, to spend as much time as possible to follow it – this could be an outlet for learning, creativity and expression. Even in some unhealthy addictions you can find these positive features embedded in (and keep) the problem. . It is causing greatest harm than good, causing serious disruptions in their ability to operate in the “real” world. Almost anything can be addictive disease – medications, diet, exercise, gambling, sex, investments, employment, etc.
Until now, scientists have not been able to concentrate on this first test – trying to define the set of symptoms that constitute a computer or Internet addiction. Psychologist Kimberly S. Young Centre for Addiction Internet ,classifies families if they meet online in the last four years or more of the criteria below. Of course focuses specifically on Internet addiction, and not broader category of computer addiction:
Criteria to decide computer addiction
Are you worried about the Internet, online services and offline believe?
You think you have to spend time online increasingly achieve satisfaction?
If you are unable to control the use of the site?
Do you feel restless or irritable when attempting to reduce or stop using online?
Login to escape problems or relieve feelings such as helplessness, guilt, anxiety or depression?
Would you lie to family members and friends to conceal how often and how long you stay online?
Do not risk losing an important relationship, job or educational or career because of their use on the site?
Stay back, even after spending too much money in taxes online?
Are you going through withdrawal offline, such as severe depression, mood swings and irritability?
Will you be online longer than expected?
In what was perceived as a joke, Ivan Goldberg proposed his own set of symptoms of what he calls “pathological computer use Other psychologists are discussing other possible symptoms of Internet addiction, and the symptoms vary according to the criterion of youth .
Common symptoms of computer addiction and its harmful effects
Radical changes in lifestyle to spend more time online
General decline in physical activity
Disregard to health because of Internet activity
Avoid major life activities to spend time in the network
Lack of sleep or a change in sleeping pattern to spend time in the network
Decreased socialization, which results in loss of friends
Neglecting friends and family
Refusing to spend more time outside the network
A desire for more time on the computer
Neglecting obligations and personal life.
Top signs of computer addiction
You wake up at 3:00 to go to the bathroom and stop and check your e-mail on the way back to bed.
You get a tattoo that says “This body best viewed with Netscape Navigator 1.1 or higher.”
Your name your children Eudora, Mozilla and dotcom.
To turn off the modem and the terrible feeling empty, like you just pulled the plug on a loved one.
You spend half the flight with your laptop on your lap … and children in the trunk.
You decide to stay in college for a year or two free Internet access.
Even though it is accepted that there is no escape from computers, it also needs to be reminded that computer addiction is harmful. Computer awareness, computer use is one thing and getting addicted to it is something different and more serious matter. This kind of addiction is developing very fast in young boys and girls, which is causing various health problems for them, particularly problems of eye sight, back pain, inactivity and its after-effect i.e. obesity. Parents need to control their children and ward them off from disadvantages of computer use.