Many people recognize the word addiction and generally associate the term with abuse of drugs and alcohol, food, shopping, exercise, or other repetitive behavior that may have adverse consequences. Addiction is frequently a component of several mental illnesses. When the illness is accompanied with drugs or alcohol, the condition is referred to as a “dual” diagnosis.
We do know that true addiction is based on anxiety and has a root in obsession and compulsion. But, with computer addiction we may be able to add boredom and distraction. Are these indicators of an underlying problem?
My first questions about computer addiction began with my own use of the computer and asking some basic questions. Was I using the computer and the internet effectively or was I substituting the computer for other productive activities? And, I believe that this question is a valid one for anyone who uses the computer and the fast-paced world of information. It is a question that is very individual and can best be answered by the reader. Toward that end, I have included a link to HELPGUIDE.org covering computer addiction as an overview here. My hope is that this topic will generate some thought provoking questions for the reader and perhaps, shed some light on how we use our time.