Technology today has indeed made people’s lives convenient especial with a computer. It has helped students in making homework, research, and projects, it has helped business in advertising and in making progress, and it has connect loved ones to people who live in a different country with the help of the internet.
Psychologists are not even sure yet what to call this phenomenon. Some label it an "Internet Addiction Disorder." But many people are addicted to their computers long before the internet enters their lives. Some people are extremely attached to their computer and don't even care about the internet. Perhaps we should call the phenomenon a "Computer Addiction." Also, let's not forget the very powerful, but now seemingly mundane and almost accepted addiction that some people develop to videogames. Video games are computers too... very single-minded computers, but computers nevertheless.
"Addictions" - defined very loosely- can be healthy, unhealthy, or a mixture of both. If you are fascinated by a hobby, feel devoted to it, would like to spend as much time as possible pursuing it - this could be an outlet for learning, creativity, and self-expression. Even in some unhealthy addictions you can find these positive features embedded within (and thus maintaining) the problem. But in truly pathological addictions, the scale has tipped. The bad outweighs the good, resulting in serious disturbances in one's ability to function in the "real" world.
As yet, there is no official psychological or psychiatric diagnosis of an "Internet" or "Computer" addiction. The most recent (4th)edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders(aka, DSM-IV) - which sets the standards for classifying types of mental illness - does not include any such category. It remains to be seen whether this type of addiction will someday be included in the manual.
So far, researchers have only been able to focus on that first criteria - trying to define the constellation of symptoms that constitutes a computer or internet addiction.
A. People that are Addicted to Computers
This addiction is difficult to use in one term. It usually depends upon the users’ interests and activities on the computer. On netaddiction.com says that there are five types, first is the Cyber sexual which is engaged in pornography, internet sex or anything that sexually involves online. Second is the Cyber-Relational which is obsessed in chatting, IM’s, or any social relationship networks. Third is the Net Compulsion which does impulsive buying online like on e Bay, casino gambling online and online gaming. Forth is the Information Overload which surfs the net and gathers many info on news, celebrity gossip, and organizing data, which is too much that not all of the information can be used. And lastly is the Computer Addict, simple games such as minesweeper and solitaire can even lead to this addiction. Research has found that computer gaming has become problematic in organizational settings such as employees, workers spent days playing rather than working.
This is an addiction to computer use is a dependency on computers. Due to the users’ dependency towards computers, these users way of thinking revolves around computers.
B. Habits of a Computer Addict
A person of this addiction has habits that other people should know about. Warningsigns.info has spotted out these habits. First is the loss of control which the user cannot limit the time usage on the computer or cannot keep track of time. Second is being dishonest to others or one’s self about the computer usage or addiction towards it. Third is having harmful results being used over the computer or having negative consequences. Forth is having improper behavior when on the computer because the user can be remained anonymous in a computer like in the internet. Fifth are having misplaced priorities because of the computer usage, priorities can be left out and as a...
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