It's been my experience that almost anything that offers some type of reward can become addictive. For anything to be considered an addiction it
must meet certain criteria, present certain characteristics and be impacting a person's life in a way that diminishes the quality and causes them to
Is "surfing the net" a hobby or an addiction? You may have a problem if you have these symptoms:
-- You neglect important family activities, social events, work responsibilities, academic projects or health concerns to spend hours on the
-- A significant person, such as a boss, close friend or partner, has complained you're spending too much time or money on the Internet;
-- You're constantly anticipating your next on-line session;
-- It becomes impossible to cut back on your Internet time;
-- You're determined to spend a brief period on-line, only to discover later that several hours have passed;
-- You check your e-mail compulsively;
-- You develop cravings and withdrawal symptoms when you're away from the computer;
-- You're skipping meals, classes or appointments to get on the Internet;
-- You'd rather talk to people on-line than face-to-face;
-- You sleep less than five hours a night so you can spend more time on-line.
-- Using the online services everyday without any skipping.
-- Losing track of time after making a connection.
-- Goes out less and less.
-- Spending less and less time on meals at home or at work, and eats in front of the monitor.
-- Denying spending too much time on the Net.
-- Others complaining you're spending too much time in front of the monitor.
-- Checking on your mailbox too many times a day.
-- You think you have got the greatest web site in the world and dying to give people your URL.
-- Logging onto the Net while already busy at work.
-- Sneaking online when spouse or family members not at home, with a sense of relief.
I have many word documents regarding internet addiction available for anyone who's interested and relevent links are below.