Needless to say, the Internet is ruling the world and has always been. And, it won’t be a surprise that it will continue to empower mankind in the years to come. However, it’s not a bad thing. Not at all. While the usage of internet has brought upon a variety of problems, there’s also been an abundance of development that can be attributed to the internet. After all, it’s been discovered by us for our own growth and convenience.
But, over the last few years, there’s been a new kind of addiction that’s squeezed its way into the list of many other addictions. Internet addiction. The word is almost self-reciprocating and pretty much familiar to internet users. Internet addiction is an intense, impulse control disorder marked by excessive use of the internet in simple words.
Now, naturally, when we come across something new and unique, we all go through the same pattern of temporary addiction. Admiration, exploration, over-use, addiction and eventually recovering from the compulsion because now the object of our addiction is no longer novel and has retired to a normal position in our life. Just like when we listen to a particular song for days or even weeks until the obsession wears out completely.
Everyone has such short, addictive phases with everything that we come across. Didn’t we experience it all when social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp were introduced to us? However, these addictions to excessive usage of the internet take a fatal turn when they are no longer short-lived and mild. When these addictions become an important and compulsive part of your daily life, start interfering with your interpersonal relationships and your peace of mind. That’s when you know you’ve driven headfirst into an intense, slowly-killing addiction.
Now, anyone can be driven into this addiction but the question is that besides the initial curiosity that first pushes you into internet usage, what else is responsible for internet addiction?
The answer lies within today’s lifestyle. The lack of emotional support and validation pushes most of us to go look for them on the internet. Had a bad day at work? Go post about it on one of your social media accounts and the knowledge that the entire world can now know and sympathize with how bad your day was instantly filled you with satisfaction. That satisfaction then makes you share your entire life on the internet and before you know it, you’re so obsessed with living on social media, you’ve forgotten how to live in reality and share experiences with people actually around you.
Moreover, with the increasing hunger for success and expansion of the economy, all ages of people tend to find comfort on social media. Loneliness, depression, and stress. All can be escaped from by visiting the world of internet and social media. You might think, it’s a cure. But it’s only a cure as long as you spend just a few moments over there and soon return back to real life, real people.
Immerse yourself in actual conversations with people around you and find an escape in productivity, hobbies and real life in general and kick the addiction, goodbye!
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