People can grow addicted to a variety of substances, and there is usually a substantial amount of help available to treat them. Alcohol, drugs and sex have all been known to bring out the addictive personality trait in some people, but other forms of addictive behavior, such as exercise, watching television or spending too much time on a computer, have only recently been recognized. Computer addiction, like any addiction, can creep up on a person without one being aware of it. Talk shows are full of people whose relationships have been torn apart by one partner's computer addiction. Spending hours chatting online, surfing the web or playing computer games can cause relationships to deteriorate as other parts of a person's life are neglected.
The newly diagnosed computer addiction has gained much press attention recently, as children have also been affected. A recent research study showed that some children suffer from computer rage when they are forbidden to play computer games. The results are temper tantrums and behavioral traits similar to those of an addict going cold turkey.
Computer Addiction .org began as a non profit site in 2007. Since then we have assisted thousands to understand and break their computer addiction.
While some consider online help a little like holding an AA meeting in a bar, we believe online is the most likely place to find, and offer support, to people with computer and internet addiction. Through offering understanding and support sufferers are able to transform their addiction from other sites to more productive ones, and then finally gain control over their lives.
Browse our list of recommended cures for computer and internet addiction on the side menu. It has many useful tricks and ideas to gaining control over your internet addiction - some may be better for your particular case than others.
There are many ideas that have been suggested to us that many doctors and patients have found not to have worked, or have been found to be unhelpful. You will not find these referenced in the front guide. Such solutions may include, but are not limited to, automatic web ‘reminders’ and motivational updates, site blockers, and telling family and friends about your problem. Please come back to this site to find a full report about why these things do not work, and the ones outlined on the front page do.
So how exactly is computer addiction defined? When does a hobby become an addiction? As with most other dependencies, specific questions can be asked to assess whether or not someone may suffer from computer addiction. These questions include assessing how much time is spent on the PC or playing video games, sometimes relative to how much time is spent interacting with real people.
Another way to assess computer addiction is to assess one's quality of life before and after the computer arrived. Many people have lost jobs due to their computer addiction. Constantly logging onto the Internet at work has caused many people to be dismissed, often after repeated warnings were issued. Money is another factor. Some people have gone into debt and lost great amounts of money using online services and chatrooms.
Computer addiction is also sometimes linked to computer gambling. For some people, gambling is reliant on the computer. They cannot have one without the other. Not only do such people spend countless hours playing online poker, but they often lose thousands of dollars while playing.
As with any addiction, steps can be taken to treat computer addiction. Limiting the amount of time spent on the computer or playing video games is a simple step. If your computer is on all the time at...