We are now living in a world of great technology. The new features benefits and doo-hickies of modern technology service us in more ways then anyone could have ever forecasted a century ago… even a decade ago.
We have become gradually and ever so reluctantly dependent on technology. If you really stopped and gave a thought to the thousands of different things you use technology for, directly and even indirectly linked to computers. And yes, even our kitchen appliances have computers in them to “make things easier”.
As the uses of computers increase day by day. Whilst it can be very convenient (and sometimes necessary) to have equipment do tasks for you, over the past two decades, there has been a sharp and rapid increase in young people (and even adults) who are finding themselves sucked out of their dreary lives and into new and stimulating games, online websites, chat forums and communities and much more.
Whilst developing your social skills within these uses, the number of people suffering from a computer addiction has blown out of proportion in the last decade alone.
Computer addiction is commonly defined as an excessive use of computer that interferes the daily life of a person.
The symptoms of computer addiction which is noticed in a person’s behavior is spending too much time with a computer and an unhealthy attraction which does not support or encourage them to move away from the keyboard.
We have all heard about drug addiction, alcohol, sex or other addiction. In comparison with them computer addiction is a new one, albeit one that has been likened by some to that of a hard drug such as heroin.
The main difference between computer addiction and the others is that computer addiction is not hated by the society like others. It can also be told the damages of this addiction can not be caught so easily.
The worse part about a computer addiction is the nature in which it is formed. The person who has the addiction may often not be aware of any such problem. This occurs largely because they are too close to the situation and do not deem it to be important. Some lose all their family and friends, drop out of university and school, and other even become “shut ins” that don’t go outside.
Once the addict realises there is an unhealthy imbalance in their life, the next step is to seek a diagnosis from a trained professional. The problem with this however is that there are very few qualified to identify the severity of the issue. This is largely due to the lack of media attention and comprehension from mental health authorities. Despite there being millions of sufferers worldwide, Computer Addiction has been completely omitted from such major psychological references as the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition). Therefore massively downplaying how rampant this addiction is.
Someone who is suffering from a computer addiction will often ignore the symptoms and continue on their way and quite often an intervention is required by family and friends with the assistance of a suitably-qualified therapist. If the addiction goes unchecked, they can develop many psychological imbalances and also move their computer usages to areas such as cyber crime, online infidelity, unusual sexual behavior, online gaming (video game addiction), compulsive online auction, and many more.
To a large degree, public awareness needs to be increased. Therefore, if we can start to use computers as an assistant instead of an escape, and deal with our core motivations and emotional conflicts which may be driving us toward the keyboard.