“When you hear the word ‘addiction,’ what comes to mind? Perhaps you immediately think about the horrible consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. But health care professionals are adding a new type of addiction to the list. Technology addiction among young people is on the rise, and it’s having a disruptive effect on their ability to concentrate and learn. The study of 267 British students ages eleven to eighteen found that 63 percent feel they are addicted to the Internet, and 53 percent feel addicted to their mobile phones. It appears that early access to these devices might be partially to blame. 62 percent first used or owned a computer before the age of eight, and 80 percent first used the Internet between the ages of five and ten. 58 percent first used a mobile phone between the ages of eight and ten. The message for parents is obvious. Teach your kids to use technology by setting clear limits and rules, thereby preventing addiction.” (Directly quoted from CPYU)
Here’s a great article on Psychology Today entitled “Techno Addicts,” all about the power and reality of addiction to technology. If you want to learn and study more about this as a legitimate addiction-diagnosis, read this article.
Here are a few basic questions (compiled & edited from a few different sites) to ask yourself to determine whether or not you might have a problem:
- Do you sometimes bring your laptop when you sit on the toilet?
- Do you eat most of your meals in front of the computer or television?
- Do you have 3 or more social media accounts?
- When something exciting (or depressing) happens to you, is your first thought “I need to share this online!”
- Do you check your email or Facebook account more than once an hour?
- If your house was on fire, would you run in to save your laptop or cell phone?
- Can you text faster than you can write with a pen?
- Do you forget how to address an envelope?
- Are there more than two portable devices within reach right now?
- Do you have more than five tabs on your browser open right now?
- Do your online-only friends know personal things about you that your real-life friends don’t know?
- Do you spend more time online than you actually spend with people?
- Have you ever left events early so you can go online?
- Is the idea of a weekend without your cell phone an internet completely terrifying?
- Do you stay up past 2am at least once a week because you’re online or playing video games or watching television?
- Are there more computers in your house than there are people?
- Have you ever wished people would stop talking to you so you could text more or go online?
- If you left your house without your cell phone, would you turn around to get it even if you were only going to be out for an hour?