With an estimated 120 million Americans now online, it’s no wonder that some people are having problems due to their excessive use of the internet. In fact, a new psychological term has emerged in recent years — Internet Addiction — to describe those who are unable to control their internet use.
What is Internet Addiction?
How do you know if you’re addicted or rapidly tumbling toward trouble? It’s not simply a matter of how much time you spend online. It’s more important to determine if internet use is causing any disruption in your life. What problems have emerged in your family, relationships, work or school? People who are internet addicted are unable to moderate or control their online use despite the fact that it is causing severe problems in their “real” lives.
Psychologists have identified five main problem areas:
Why do people get hooked online? Internet use becomes a problem for many people when they use it as an escape from real life problems. Many people suffer from a desire to avoid dealing with other problems in their lives. Those problems may be depression, anxiety, marital or relationship difficulties, or a serious health problem or disability.
|Are You Hooked Online?|
Do you find yourself spending more and more time online at a greater and greater cost to your real life? Are you concerned that your internet use is getting out of control? The questions below will help you assess your online use:
What should I do if I think I have a problem?
If your online activity is causing difficulties in your life, recognizing and admitting that you have a problem is the first step toward recovery. The next step is to seek professional treatment. The Office of Employee Assistance (OEA) is a great resource to turn to for help. Through confidential information or referrals, your OEA will be able to help you assess your situation, help you address the problems or concerns in your life which may have contributed to your online overuse, and help you learn how to slowly decrease your time spent online. Your OEA professional can also help you address any problems that have been caused by your online overuse.
Remember, all OEA services are strictly CONFIDENTIAL and available to you and your dependents. Why not call today? We’re here to help!
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