It is difficult to envision the Internet as a medium for addiction. However, what could be easier for an addictive personality to feed their addiction for gambling or compulsive sex than a computer? In some cases, Internet addicts who have unfettered online access at work can spend nearly their entire day and night surfing the web, compulsively. In many cases, they do not realize that they are even addicted.
- Do you stay online longer than you must?
- Do you neglect household chores or responsibility in order to stay online?
- Do you find the Internet is more exciting than your mate?
- Do you find new relationships on the Net? Are they more exciting than intimacy with your spouse? (Horowitz, December 2003, p.60)
If the answer to any of those questions is yes then please visit the links below for help on how to overcome an addiction to the internet.
Online addictions are as serious a problem as any other addiction. Behaviors include cybersex, virtual infidelity, online gambling, stock trading and compulsive game playing. According to David Horowitz, “The cyber addict uses the Net as an escape into a world that offers a release through preoccupation. Some unhappily married people search Internet chat rooms looking for diversion, or for ‘Mr. or Mrs. Right.’”
The welcome message on Dr. Kimberly Young’s Net Addiction site states that:
Our site provides comprehensive information and recovery resources including online counseling for individuals, couples, and families who have suffered from cyber-triggered problems such as online sexual addiction, virtual adultery, compulsive e-auctioning, and obsessive day trading. We also offer customized continuing education workshops for healthcare providers on the dynamics of diagnosis and treatment for this unique patient population and work directly with corporations, government agencies, law enforcement personnel, and attorneys on issues such as employee Internet management and profiling cyber-pedophilia.
If you feel that you or a loved one is suffering under the burden of this addiction please visit the links listed within this article for help and referrals.
Global Nation Organization
Horowitz, D. (2003, December) Online addiction is a serious problem. The Costco Connection 18(12).
Young, K. (2003) Center for online and internet addiction. Retrieved December 8, 2003 from www.netaddiction.com