Computer Addiction

1293 Words Oct 12th, 2012 6 Pages
Computer addiction

A disorder in which the individual turns to the Internet or plays computer games in an attempt to change moods, overcome anxiety, deal with depression, reduce isolation or loneliness, or distract themselves from overwhelming problems. The elderly, as well as children and adolescents, are particularly vulnerable because they may not realize the extent of their dependency. In many instances, individuals with computer addiction may seek help for another condition, such as depression, phobias or other addictions. Computer addiction is defined as the immoderate/compulsive use of computers so much so that it interferes with daily activities. It is a disorder whereby the individual devotes oneself to
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A 2008 study concluded that “the pathological gambler has clear tendencies towards alcoholism, nicotine addiction, or drug addiction” (Beteille, 2008). Many other activities when left unchecked may lead to compulsive behavior and ethical conflicts. These activities include excessive cell-phone texting and social networking.

Disadvantages of Computer Addiction

A person addicted to the Computer will spend most of his time alone, locked in a room, with only his computer for company. This kind of isolation can lead to a lack of social life, and when he does venture outside, he might find his social skills have suffered. Possibly his only regular interaction is with online people, and he might now struggle to hold conversations and feel comfortable in social or public environments. A Computer addiction can create health problems. Some health issues suffered by Computer addicts are bad eyesight, which is caused by spending too much time squinting at the screen; poor posture and constant computer use can lead to bad back and carpal tunnel syndrome. Because a Computer addiction lowers the chance of exercise, and those with an addiction might no longer take the time to prepare healthy meals, obesity is also a risk. Some Computer addicts risk losing their jobs or failing classes, because they spend so much time online and are often late or absent. An Internet addict might also find his personal relationships suffer under the weight of so much time spent
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