Know The Warning Signs Of Internet Addiction

I won’t deny the fact that the Internet has certainly brought us all a wealth of benefits. We now have all the information we could possibly want or need right at our fingertips, and communicating with friends, family, and even co-workers who live far away is made that much easier thanks to the rise of email, instant messaging, and social media.

As a result of all the things that the Internet can provide to us, many of us end up using the Internet pretty much on a daily basis. This in itself is not necessarily or inherently a worrisome issue, but unfortunately, health experts and professionals have found that internet addiction is rapidly becoming a noticeable and damaging health issue.

I recently came across an article post by Everyday Health that shed some much-needed light on this unsettling health issue, and I would like to share what I learned from the article here with you now. 

Internet addiction is, perhaps unsurprisingly, more likely to form in people who are currently experiencing other addictions, or who have dealt with addictions in the past. Internet addiction can come in different forms, resulting from everything from gaming and gambling to social media and online shopping. 

Before I go any further, I want to take a minute to once again reassure you that spending time on the internet every day is perfectly fine. There are warning signs that point to a true addiction that will help you determine if you or someone you know and love is dealing with this very real health issue. Withdrawal from social activities, engagements, and events is one of the biggest signs of this health issue.

If a child in school has suddenly seen a drastic drop in their grades, or if a person’s work performance has slipped dramatically, these are more signs that the internet may be to blame. Just like with any other addiction to alcohol, drugs, or food, people who are addicted to the internet may find themselves becoming severely anxious when away from the computer for too long, or they may get irrational angry and defensive when their access to the internet becomes limited. Some people may even take the time to hide their internet usage, out of shame or fear of punishment and retribution. 

So what’s the proper course of treatment for this relatively new health issue? Early studies have shown that internet addiction is often the result of deeper mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, so getting checked out by a mental health professional is one key way to get the right treatment for this issue. Recovery may take time, so staying patient is very important during this time. 

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