Virtual addiction: went online and never returned
A few years ago, people could not even imagine that using various information, conducting trainings and communicating with friends would be possible without leaving home. Currently, the Internet opens up many opportunities and access to a variety of information, with its help you can get an education, order and download books or even watch movies without visiting cinemas. However, it turns out that such a seemingly harmless Internet space, in addition to the pluses, has quite large disadvantages. For many people, the Internet has become a drug that, in terms of its effect on the body, is not inferior to alcohol or smoking. Today, many psychologists are investigating this disease, because virtual addiction is increasing every year, and it’s not easy to treat network addicts.
Internet addiction is a mental disorder, an obsessive desire to connect to the network. Doctors recognize this disease as official. It manifests itself in the fact that a person is not able to disconnect from the Internet in time. An Internet addict is a person who spends at least six hours online. According to statistics, 54% of users aged 13-23 years surf the Internet every day from one to three hours, another 31% spend on the network from four to six hours. In Europe, cases have been recorded when a person lives a virtual life and ten hours a day.
In this trap, people are most drawn to social networks. It seemed like such a thing – to chat with friends. But it turns out that if you do not take a break or reduce the time spent on the network, then the brain of users subconsciously forces people to sit in front of a computer or mobile gadget monitor, update statuses, or simply “walk” through the pages of other users. My colleague also faced a similar illness, who admitted that he spent five to six hours a day on the network.
At first, he did not attach any importance to this, because he talked with virtual friends, read the news, played online games. But later he realized that the Internet dragged him into his web. He came to work tired, slept for several hours. In addition, problems began in family life, because he did not devote time to his wife and children. He regained consciousness when his wife filed for divorce. Then he promised that he would fix everything, so first he deleted the accounts on social networks and abandoned the Internet. Now he has more time to communicate with his family and at work everything is settled.
Of course, not all people can afford to refuse the Internet, or at least reduce the hours of sitting on the network. Children suffer the most from virtual addiction. My godson was thirteen years old when my parents spent internet on my apartment. The guy immediately decided to learn the “web”, registered in social networks and entertainment sites. But the young man’s biggest problem was online games, which he devoted the most time to. Instead of going out into the yard to chase the ball with friends, they met on the battlefield of various games and together “saved the world”. After school, forgetting about homework, friends again appeared on the network and already passed the following levels of games. A year later, he felt that he was weakening, headaches became more frequent, he became aggressive, physically weakened.
The guy’s parents felt unkind and turned to the doctors, but they shrugged, advised to remove the computer from the guy and attributed to go out into the fresh air more often. Today, the guy has limited time using the Internet and pays more attention to live communication.
People who communicate on the network all the time, begin to degrade and lose their ability to speak when they are “lively” acquainted, do not know what to say and how to behave in various situations. Most of all, such degradation can be seen among young people. But the worst part is that on the Internet, in addition to online games, a variety of erotic services, porn sites or other rubbish are offered. Because of this, children begin an early sex life. Also on the network there are signs of violence, such actions in the virtual world are the cause of aggression and bullying of children over their peers or even parents.
As psychologists explain, there are several types of Internet addiction: a passion for virtual dating, computer and online games; cybersex addiction (attraction to viewing porn sites). There are many reasons for dependence on the Internet – this is the anonymity of network communication, ease of use and accessibility of information.
Finding an Internet addict is easy – these people have communication difficulties, they eat in front of the computer, constantly think about the network, prefer to spend time on the Internet than spend time with family and friends, sacrifice sleep in order to sit on the “web”, lead round-the-clock commenting on entries become irritable.
A person can recover from Internet addiction himself, the main thing is to want this. Once in the network, the user has to go through several stages of exploring the virtual world. At first, a beginner just gets to know the network.