Computer and Internet Addiction

Computers have become an ever-increasing part of our day to day lives. Coupled with this phenomenon, reports of excessive computer use (gaming, online gaming, Internet pornography) is know as "computer / Internet addiction". Mental health professionals are increasingly aware of this potentially harmful behavior and are beginning to use psychotherapy for it's treatment.

Symptoms of Computer / Internet Addiction

  • low self-esteem
  • social withdrawal or isolation
  • irritability if not online
  • preoccupation with Internet use even when not online
  • impaired social relationships (marital, parenting)
  • lying about actual amount of time spent on the Internet
  • continually logging on to the Internet when already busy at work

What to do

If you are or a loved on is having difficulty with a computer / Internet, please seek help.

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