These days, most of us have the need to use the internet, but some people have found that they need to overcome their internet addiction.
It used to be that when we thought of someone with an internet addiction that the first assumption is that they were addicted to online pornography. That is no longer the case, particularly with the rising popularity of Facebook.
The internet has become a social outlet for many people. Six months ago, my father suddenly passed away and my mother found herself with an excess of time. During the hours that they used to spend watching television together, my mother started using Facebook more and more. It filled her need for being social. She started talking to old friends and playing games like Farmtown and Mafia Wars. She may not have an addiction simply because she spends much of her time online, but what I am saying is that an internet addiction can begin in a very innocent way.
There are many people who take their addiction beyond a social media website, and even beyond traditional internet usage. Any time I go to a restaurant, I always see someone who is incessantly checking email on their cell phone. These people seemingly can’t be away from email or the internet for any length of time.
As with any addiction, an internet addiction simply isn’t fair to the family and friends of the person who needs to overcome internet addiction. The spouse and children of this person feel that they can’t compete with the internet. They feel that whatever is on the internet is more important than they are. In many regards, they are right.
Trying to overcome an internet addiction isn’t easy. Because the internet is not illegal and, in many cases, it’s imperative to continue using it, it is hard to give up. My advice is to put yourself in the shoes of your family and friends. Decide what is important in your life.