Sipping my morning coffee, thinking about the articles I wanted to write today, I was half way listening to the news. Suddenly, the words computer addiction caught my attention.
The newscaster went on to list the warning signs of computer addiction. They were as follows:
Daily use of the computer for 4 or more hours
A nonsocial lifestyle
Feelings of depression
Physical symptoms such as:
The brief news story went on to say that a person with a computer addiction may crave time being on the computer, that they may allow household or work chores to stray to be on the computer, that they talk or refer to computer friends frequently and that one should consider professional help if many of the symptoms applied to them.
Curious, I went onlined and researched the term computer addiction myself. All of the above symptoms were outline in my research. Other symptoms I found included with computer addiction were:
Inability to stop working on the computer
Craving more and more time on the computer
Neglecting friends and family to be on the computer
Lying to friends and family about the amount of time you spend on the computer
Eating irregularities or skipping meals
Poor hygenine habits
Carpel tunnel syndrome
I found my research scary, when I first saw how many of the so called symptoms I had. Then as I began to research further into this addiction, I began to see how it could be a problem to some. It seems that computer addiction has lead to some people loosing their jobs or bad job performance and has caused enough problems in some marriages to cause divorce.
Now the big question. Am I addicted to the computer?
I can answer yes to a few questions.
I am usually on the computer 4 hours or more.
But I am a freelance writer. I need to do research for my articles. I have to do a little bit of networking. I have to find jobs. This takes time.
I do have headaches.
But I have had them since I was ten years old and way before I got my first computer or typewriter.
I do have many friends that I have made over the computer and have never met.
I also talk about them on occasion.
I do not socialize as much as I wish outside of my computer world.
I am shy. I work hard. Hubby works hard. I have little time for socializing.
I suffer from mildly from depression.
So does many other members of my family and heredity plays a factor in this. Plus, I suffered from this before I got my first computer.
My back hurts on occasion.
I have poor posture. But I am working on that. See my article: Tips for Teaching Yourself Better Posture.
I don’t lie to my friends or family about the amount of time I spend on the computer.
I don’t skip my meals.
My marriage is not in trouble, even though hubby laughs about how he never sees me because of the computer. This is just an exaggeration. I make time for us and him, trying to do most of my work when he is busy or working.
I still take my baths, wash my hair and dress every morning.
So far I haven’t had carpel tunnel syndrome.
I don’t think I have a computer addiction. I do however believe computer addiction can be real.
How can you tell if your answers mean you have computer addiction? Be honest. Consider what you are doing during the time you are on the computer? Are you working or web surfing, chatting, socializing or looking at porn?
If you believe you may have a computer addiction problem check out these sites: