In this modern technological world that we live in, where reality is slowly turning towards virtuality, the end result is it’s transforming how we think. Just a few decades ago, all we had was television, radio, and print media to become informed or entertained. We had to walk down to the local library, to access books and encyclopedias to learn something.
Then the marvel that is the Internet suddenly appeared. A technology where whatever information that you’ve ever needed, became instantly available. The Internet provides all the answers. You can search for and it will retrieve any type of data that you’ll ever wanted, this immediately at the tip of your fingertips.
The Internet provides a constant stream of ever updating information, to feed our curiosity, our needs, what’s hurting us today. This data is also available anywhere in the world that has an Internet connection, to any device of your choosing.
Overcome With Too Much Virtual
We are now completely saturated with emails, blogs, social media, Instant Messaging, allowing for public consumption and communication on any topic you have interest in. Preschoolers and senior citizens, are now texting each other via WiFi.
This excess has now crested to the point of addiction. An addiction, is defined as any habit that gets out of control and becomes compulsive. The next level, the next natural progression is obsession. No one really knows how much is too much.
Out Of Control Obsession
Every individual, every industry, organization and governing body, now relies on the Internet extensively for communication, this to perform their work more efficiently.
There’s increasing usage of social media, which offers an instant and affordable method to display yourself, to fume, or to stay in touch with distant friends or family members.
Spending all this time online can eventually prove problematic. It’s already known to cause neglect at work, develop antisocial behavior, relationship breakups, and every other negative human trait, and it shouldn’t be ignored.
Signs That Internet Usage Is Becoming A Problem
There are stern warning signals, that the over usage of social media, is now becoming a concern. The indication of this intoxication, is that most will now socialize more on their smartphones, than they will in person face-to-face with their friends.
This has become a disturbing trend, as most would rather now just slump over and bob their heads up and down texting away, than smile at someone and say, “Hi, my name is John.”
What these individuals should be doing instead, is conversing and socializing like humans are intended to do. Speaking words to express themselves. What’s showing however, are displays of Internet dependency issues.
If the Internet is used responsibly, it’s the greatest method of communication ever invented. A way of interacting and meeting new people online, with the intent of meeting them in person. A way to reconnect with former schoolmates or distant relatives oceans away.
Online Is More Safe And Interactive
However, those who are on social media would rather just remain online, this rather than the horror of dealing with the anxiety and the nuisance, of meeting someone in real life.
They’re given more freedom and creativity when making virtual friends, as they could be anyone they want to be. No real life relationship, can come close to competing with those wildly fantastic personas, that they can create on Facebook.
So as a result, those who are addicted to the Internet, now spend more of their time with their new online friends, hoping that they never have to meet them in person.
The Internet Has Become A Virtual Alternate Universe
You can become anyone or do anything you want on the Internet. Most things you wouldn’t normally do in real life. You can secretly set up sports betting or online casino accounts. Any action isn’t out of the question, which ironically turns into an addiction feeding an addiction.
There are numerous accounts of bankruptcy, where entire fortunes are drained out, as one decides to invest in the stock market online, seduced by easy money and the comfort of online anonymity.
There are some, who will spend their entire evening spending their entire paycheck, purchasing goods and services that they don’t need. They do so because of the ease and the thrill, that are all obvious displays of compulsive addictive behavior.
Hello My Name’s John And I’m A Gamer
Many now spend their entire weekend, playing online computer games, completely isolating themselves from the outside world. These compulsive gamers escape reality, while feeding themselves on a diet of pizza, chips and soda, neglecting their friends, work, and family.
These online games become such a distraction, that they withdraw themselves from the real world, as they lose sense of time and themselves. They become so involved, that their anxiety, loneliness, boredom, and depression temporarily evaporates.
They’re the new age version of the hermit. They no longer eat or sleep properly, find work, shower or bother showing up for real-life relationships. They do so, because they don’t want to disrupt their addictive game playing.
Then There’s The Denial
Many eventually feel guilt and can become defensive about their Internet usage. Like any addiction, they begin to hide it from their spouse, boss or family, as they spend more time on the Internet feeding their various compulsions.
Similar to craving for a cigarette, the very first and last thing they do before going to bed, is check their email, social media account, their texts, this to make sure that they’re all caught up.
Most will now sleep with their smartphones, and have panic attacks whenever they lose mobile service or their battery begins to drain out.
The Symptoms Of Online Addiction
These are the symptoms of developing unhealthy habits. They become upset, if they miss a tweet or a text, while they’re eating dinner or taking a nap. They become irate, once someone begs them to put their smartphone down.
This is the growing dependency of Internet usage, where one is unable to stop or shut down. The Internet was designed to be a convenience, to make our lives easier. To provide immediate accurate information and entertainment, and not to become a health hazard.
So when in the presence of others, reform yourself to smile, talk, eat, and enjoy the company of people. Go out for a walk, and enjoy nature without your smartphone. There’s nothing on the Internet, that can possibly replace real human interaction.