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Most people enjoy the benefits of the Internet for work, education and communication. However, excessive computer use that interferes with daily life can be classified as an addiction. Internet addiction is considered an impulse control disorder, similar to pathological gambling.

Some of the symptoms of an Internet addiction include:

  • Preoccupation with the Internet
  • Unsuccessful efforts to control Internet use
  • Being online much longer than intended
  • Feeling more comfortable with online friends than real ones
  • Cybersex addictions (compulsive use of online pornography or adult chat rooms)
  • Internet compulsions with gaming and gambling, which result in financial and job-related problems
  • Computer game addictions

Warning signs that a person has an internet problem include losing track of time online, having trouble completing tasks at home or at work, isolation from friends and family, and feeling guilty or defensive about internet use. Internet addiction can have a negative impact on health.

Some of the health symptoms associated with Internet addiction include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome,
  • Dry eyes
  • Strained vision
  • Backaches
  • Neck aches
  • Headaches
  • Weight gain

Try reducing time spent on the Internet by replacing Internet usage with healthy activities, such as exercise and socializing with friends. Therapy can also help with severe Internet addiction. It’s a behavior that can be easily treatable by traditional cognitive-behavior techniques in psychotherapy. Talk to your doctor or counselor to find a solution that’s best tailored to your needs!

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