Do you turn on your computer first thing in the morning? Do you prefer online relationships to those in real life? Does your job or school work suffer because of the time you spend online? Do you hide the amount of time you spend online from others?
Technology addiction—often referred to as internet addiction disorder—describes the inability to control the use of various forms of technology, including the Internet, smartphones, and social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram. With the rise of online connectedness and our ability to carry mini-computers in our pockets, there has been a significant increase in addictive behaviors related to technology, including online gaming, pornography, and gambling.
How do you know if you have an internet addiction?
Similar to other addictions, internet addictions can range in their level of severity. Studies have shown that technology addicts experience a similar high while online and withdrawal when disconnected.
Internet addiction can negatively impact your health, relationships, academics, and work performance. Common symptoms of technology addiction include:
- Compulsively checking your email or texts.
- A feeling of euphoria when using electronic devices or browsing the internet.
- Difficulty concentrating and sleep problems.
- Social withdrawal.
- Feeling restless or unhappy when you’re not online.
- A feeling of panic when you don’t have your smartphone handy.
Reach out for help
Addictions are not easy to overcome, and almost nobody can do it on their own. The good news is, there are a variety of resources available for help. Support groups, therapy, and rehab can help you regain control over your life, become healthier, and feel better about yourself.
Retorno offers an outpatient center for people struggling with all types of addictions, including technology and internet addictions. Our expert staff can help you overcome your addiction and regain control of your life. Call us today or just fill out the contact form and click Send.Please share this post!